During the month of October, which is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are reminded of the courageous women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and also honour those who have lost the battle against this debilitating disease. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world, causing a high number of cancer-related deaths. It affects people across different genders, races and social statuses. The 2019 National Cancer Registry (NCR) estimates that one in every 27 women are at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. As alarming as this is, breast cancer treatment can be highly effective, achieving survival probability of 40% in South Africa, particularly when the disease is identified early. Therefore, this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people are encouraged to check for lumps or abnormalities through regular breast self-examination and mammograms.