Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2021 – Wellness Newsletter

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Wellness Newsletter

Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2021: Of the big 5 cancers affecting women in South Africa, breast cancer is the most common in women of all races.

The risk of breast cancer increases as women grow older, but many women under the age of 40 are being diagnosed.

All women are at risk, and in particular women with a family history of breast cancer.

Being overweight, inactive, smoking, drinking alcohol, poor diet and exposure to chemicals also increase risk.

Early detection through screening can help lead to earlier diagnosis and save lives.

Cancer Screening Services


breast cancer awareness month october 2021 regular screening


Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Self-Examination

A regular breast self-examination (BSE) plays an important role in detecting breast cancer. A BSE should be done once a month, preferably at the same time of the day. Not all lumps indicate breast cancer, however, you should investigate any lumps that you might find. This is especially important if this is accompanied by other changes in your breast or the underarm area.


A mammogram is a special x -ray to detect lumps in the breast. They do not prevent breast cancer, BUT a regular mammogram will detect breast cancer as early as possible. It is recommended that women from the age of 40 should be having mammograms.


breast cancer awareness month october 2021 woman receiving mammogram


Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Discovery Health Members

Executive, Comprehensive, Priority, Saver, Smart and Core plans.

  • The member can have a mammogram every 2 years, unless the member is determined to be high risk, and then the mammogram is annual,
  • The mammogram is paid for from the member’s prevention and screening benefit,
  • Any consultation costs after the screening test are paid for from the available day -to-day benefits.


  • Covered on all plans but the member needs to be referred by the network GP,
  • The mammogram is paid for from the prevention and screening benefit,
  • The member can have a mammogram every 2 years, unless they are determined to be high risk and then the mammogram is annual.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Unity Health Members

  • Not covered,
  • The member can have a mammogram using state facilities or pay privately.

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