Cancer screening on campus
26 September 2019 | Health
A group of second year Social Work students at the University of Namibia (UNAM), together with the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN), offered breast cancer and pap smear screenings at the main campus.
As part of their community practice year module, Agnes Arnat, Haugny Hendricks, Amber Scheepers and Trish Madora, joined forces with CAN to provide voluntarily screening.
This project is more than just about scoring academic points, but very personal to the young women. “I have a close relative who was diagnosed with cancer and saw the impact that it had on the whole family. It was not just financially draining, but emotionally as well,” Arnat said.
CAN applauded UNAM for being cognisant of the student’s wellness, as this is not the first time screenings have been conducted at the university.
According to CAN, breast and cervical cancer respectively are the two most prevalent cancers amongst Namibian women. However, regular examinations can help detect the cancer earlier, which results in quicker treatment.
Tendai Takaedza, a second year student, was one of the students who benefited from this promotional deal by CAN and the four UNAM Social Work students. Takaedza commended the group for providing this opportunity to the students.
“Screening is vital. It is better for one to know where [you] stand health wise, than to be in the dark until the cancer is at stage 4,” Takaedza said.