Munadia Karaan is the Programming Manager at Radio Voice of the Cape.
Munadia Karaan - Journalist Blog
When you are the gatekeeper who determine content on air or online, you are indirectly responsible for giving a platform to people and entities. It is a fine line between providing space for fair coverage so that as many views as possible is presented, and deciding where to draw a line so that you do not present a platform for “objectionable” views.
“My gosh, do all Muslims have cancer?!”
This is how one white, cancer patient from Claremont described her first impression upon walking into Grootte Schuur’s cancer unit where she was confronted with a sea of scarves and fezzes. She might very well be right. On any given day up to 60% of the patients sitting there are from our community - whether they are there for breast cancer, bone, colon, prostate or any other kind of cancer.
With October being International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is encouraging all women to invest in their health by learning how to detect various female cancers early. "Cancer is one of the most serious diseases women face. We want all women to care for themselves and breast self-examinations and screening tests help to detect female cancers early when treatment is more effective," said CANSA CEO, Sue Janse van Rensburg.
VOC did its part to create awareness on breast cancer awareness and as listeners gathered this weekend at the 15th VOC Festival with a Difference at Cape Town Market in Epping, breast cancer survivors used the opportunity to express their thanks. On Wednesday evening, VOC rebroadcast a Channel Islam International interview with Open Lines host, Munadia Karaan, which amongst others related her own story of surviving breast cancer. She is one of two VOC staffers to have experienced breast cancer.
As we enter the month of October during which the focus will be on cancer awareness, I am reminded of a remarkable young woman whom I had the privilege to meet a year ago.
Munadia Karan blogs about meeting Adela Arend, a cancer patient who passed away last week. The article which Adela wrote, and which Munadia refers to, can be downloaded here.