In line with its mission of “Serving the Nation”, NIC has joined the fight against Breast Cancer and partnered with Breast Cancer Care Mauritius (BCC) on a nationwide health campaign #GetHealthy Ladies Day - Cancer pa badinaz, fer ou depistaz.
The purpose of the #GetHealthy Ladies Day is to raise and spread breast cancer awareness, reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment, promote early detection by encouraging women to get screened regularly for free.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in Mauritius. Early detection is key in the treatment of breast cancer. Regular screenings can detect cancer in its earliest stages so that the appropriate treatment can be offered for the best chances of success. As such, getting screened regularly is highly encouraged and widely promoted.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, NIC and BCC visited last year, 12 social welfare centres across Mauritius, where women were offered free breast cancer screening, education on detecting symptoms, and counselling on treatment and care.
During this first wave of #GetHealthy Ladies Day, nearly 1,100 people were screened for breast cancer and 5% of them were referred for further tests. For the second consecutive year, we have embarked on the second wave of our community engagement programme #GetHealthy Ladies Day, where we will be visiting earmarked social welfare centres across the island every month, and 4 social welfare centres in October, to commemorate Pink October.
As at date, 2,151 people including 108 gentlemen were screened for breast cancer. 5% of the people screened were referred for further tests.
Check out our gallery for #throwback moments & our calendar of events for our next #GetHealthy Ladies Day!