Taboo: The president of the Congolese Community of Australia, Patrice Nyembo, is encouraging African women to talk about cancer.CANCER for the African community is a problem that is too often swept under the rug.
That’s why Patrice Nyembo is promoting cancer awareness through Happy and Healthy Life in Sydney.
Mr Nyembo, who lives in Fairfield, is president of the Congolese Community of Australia.
“We wish every African woman an enjoyable, happy and healthy life in Sydney,” Mr Nyembo said.
“So I’m trying to do my best to educate them, because we can’t continue like this any more.
“But cancer has a stigmatised image among African people and it is believed by many to be contagious and a curse.
“It is a taboo topic in this community.”
Mr Nyembo says that’s why African women don’t even think of being at risk of cancer.
“They’ve never been for a check-up and we want women to talk about it and show them the realities of cancer,” he said.
The Cancer Institute NSW is funding the project in collaboration with the University of Western Sydney.
The aim is to clarify misconceptions and myths about cancer and to promote screening among African-Australians.
A presentation will be held at The Hills Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre in Horwood Place, Parramatta, on Monday, April 1, from 10.30am to 1.30pm.
Another will be held on April 2 at Parramatta Anglicare on Parkes Street from 6pm to 8pm.
Details: Patrice Nyembo 0412 621 120.
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