November 11, 2019 | Medellin, Colombia | Daniela Arrieta/IAD News Staff
Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists across North Colombia recently joined efforts to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness during a special campaign coined as “Tocate para que no te toque” or Find it before it gets you”. Women ministries leaders and church members in general distributed 15,000 special edition magazines on Oct. 19, 2019, published this year as part of women’s ministries initiative across the Inter-American Division this year to empower women to reach other women.
“We wanted to join this impact as a church to bring about awareness and prevention of breast cancer and give a message to women as well as men, that they must take care of themselves as part of preventing the disease,” said Sara Polo de Redondo, women’s ministries director for the church in North Colombia.
According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, impacting 2.1 million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women. There are 7,000 diagnosed cases of breast cancer in Colombia every year and 2,500 die from the disease each year.
Throughout city streets, activities such as a demonstration of healthy foods, practical exercises to prevent the disease, spiritual and psychological counseling, walkathons, special marches, exchange of flowers for cigarettes, among others were done.