GRASSROOT SOCCER Zimbabwe (GRSZ) will host a five-a-side tournament at the Football for Hope Centre in Gwabalanda (FFHC) this Saturday to raise awareness on cervical cancer.
The tournament will be played by girls from schools around the area.
“The all-women’s event will be aimed at raising awareness for cervical cancer, empowering young girls and improving their knowledge and skills as well as community support,” GRSZ programmes manager Tanya Sibanda said. “The main aim of the event is to break the silence about cervical cancer.”
Before the start of the tournament a march will be held around communities within reach of the FFHC to educate them of the disease. Cervical cancer develops in the cervix, which is the lower part of a woman’s womb.
Like all other cancers, if detected early it can be treated and detection is done through a pap smear.
A pap smear, also called a pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A pap smear involves collecting cells from the cervix — the lower, narrow end of the uterus. GRSZ launched the FFHC last year where they are expected to conduct HIV prevention programmes.
The FFHC was one of 20 centres for Africa which was part of the Fifa legacy for the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa.