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Cancer foundation launched


DEPUTY Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe on Wednesday launched the Thokozani Khupe Cancer Foundation setting the tone for a campaign against the disease which has now become one of the Zimbabwe and Southern Africa’s deadliest killers.

Report by Staff Reporter

During the launch, Khupe, who disclosed she had breast cancer sometime last year, challenged government to accord cancer the same status given to HIV and Aids and create a special levy to address the problem.

“I wonder how some other women are able to survive with cancer because we have an example of civil servants who have the disease and are supposed to part with $450 a month for treatment yet they only get $300,” Khupe said.

“We are letting women die out there and I would like to say to Deputy Prime Minister (Arthur) Mutambara, the PM’s wife and others here, it’s time we gave special prominence to cancer,” Khupe said.

“It’s a silent killer and early detection is important. When I started feeling a lump in my breast, I said nonsense.”

“I went into a denial phase, but later I went to a doctor and told him about the lumpish thing. I didn’t know whether it was the lump causing the pain or the pain was causing the lump.”

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