MISA increased the Healthy MISA Women Benefit to five hundred members to motivate even more of the Union’s female members to do a mammogram or pap smear annually.
Early detection of any type of cancer is key, with the probability of cancer rises also rising with age according to research.
From 1 January 2023, five hundred female MISA members will receive R2 500 because they did a mammogram or pap smear in 2022.
“Prevention is better than cure, but most working moms have the bad habit of putting their own needs last in order to take care of everyone else first. To ensure that only eligible MISA female members enjoy this benefit, claims can only be submitted from 1 January the following year, for a period of 13 weeks on a first-come-first-served basis. To be eligible, only MISA members whose contributions has been received by the Union for 26 consecutive weeks, can claim,” says Martlé Keyter, MISA’s Chief Executive Officer: Operations.
According to the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), women have a 1 in 42 lifetime risk of developing cervical cancer. It is the second most common cancer among South African women, but the cancer that claims the lives of the most women in our country.
Cervical cancer is treatable if detected at an early stage. That is why it is important for women to go for pap smears to do cancer screening.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in South Africa. Screening mammography reduces the risk of death due to breast cancer because small tumours are detected. When cancers are small, more treatment options are available.