Fundraising for Cancer Association

BlueVember

17 November 2020 | Local News

Rolf Hansen; Cancer Association; “Namibians should also support men’s health with its ‘Movember no Shave’ . . ”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The Dome Swakopmund hosted a 5km fun walk and run in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) recently.

Sugnet Smit of the Dome Swakopmund said the fundraiser is in support of BlueVember, which is aimed at raising awareness about prostate cancer.

One hundred and twenty entries were received for the event which generated an estimated N$7000.

The Dome also hosts a market every first Saturday of the month, called the Traders Post, in support of CAN.

Rolf Hansen, CAN’s chief executive, who joined the occasion, said prostate cancer is one of most common cancers amongst men.

“Men don’t have to die from this cancer, nor live uncomfortably. Early detection and treatment is key.”

Statistics show while 214 prostate cancer cases were recorded in 2010, in 2017 this number increased to 351.

In the last 7-year reporting cycle, 2 125 prostate cancer diagnoses were recorded, and 10 477 Namibian men were diagnosed with a form of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).
On average, 1 500 Namibian males are diagnosed with cancer every year, versus 1 615 women per annum. The age group 30 – 69 years remain the most affected.

Cases of Kaposi sarcoma continue to increase in Namibia, averaging 185 cases per annum. This form of cancer is commonly associated with a weakened immune system, such as patients living with an unmanaged HIV positive status.

“It remains crucial that just as we made a big noise about breast cancer last month with Pink Day, Namibians should also support men’s health with its ‘Movember no Shave’ and ‘National Blue Day’ events that will take place on Friday 26 November,” Hansen stressed.

Funds raised during the November campaigns are all earmarked for the men’s health clinic that CAN hosts every first Tuesday of the month in Windhoek, as well as their outreach programme.
The outreach programme travels across all regions of Namibia at least once a year to provide education and complimentary screening services for primarily prostate, breast, and cervical cancers (the three most diagnosed cancers in Namibia).

Aside from this event hosted by The Dome Swakopmund, during the weekend of 21 and 22 November, the Goanikontes Oasis Resort outside Swakopmund hosts a market morning to the benefit of the CAN Erongo Centre, and the annual “Rough n Tough 4x4 Challenge” concludes there as well.

For the BlueVember fun day, The Dome team was crowned as the most creatively dressed. Birgit Ellinger, Katja Stoermer and Naomi Milne had their four-legged friends join them for the event.
Thomas Andreas was the fastest runner for the day.

The Dome team, the ladies with their dogs, and Andreas received a hamper courtesy of Namibia Dairies.

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