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CANSA Toll Free Line Temporarily Down

10 September 2021: Due to our service provider, the CANSA Help Desk toll-free line (0800 22 66 22) is currently out of order. We are working on the problem and hope to be back up and running soon. See post for details of alternate numbers…

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Communities to Act on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

This Global Week for Action on NCDs (6 – 12 September 2021), the South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (SANCDA), of which the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is a founding partner, celebrate the progress made in raising the profile of people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in SA. Together with other civil society members, the Global Week of Action on NCDs hails the power and potential of people to act together on and drive NCDs change. The aim is to ensure that commitments made by government to improve health for people living with NCDs, will become a reality. The challenges presented by COVID-19 will not compromise action to help relieve the NCDs burden. #ActOnNCDs #NCDvoices

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Raise Money to Make Treatment Easier for Young Cancer Patients

Each September Madeleine Vlok and her family host an online fundraiser to support CANSA’s TLC Programme and children affected by cancer. Funds raised in 2021 will help CANSA TLC afford life changing medical port-a-cath and broviac implants, as well as critical nutrition packages for South African paediatric cancer patients. We appreciate each and every donation! Together we can make a difference!

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Hollard Daredevil Run – It’s Ballsy, it’s Brave, it’s Bigger… and it’s Back

The once-off COVID-edition, national Hollard Daredevil Run 2021 is officially open for entries! Get ready for the streets of your hood to be painted purple on Friday, 15 October 2021 when thousands of brave men in purple speedos will run through the streets for a good cause. The Hollard Daredevil Run is going countrywide! This once-off COVID-edition, national event will see runners from anywhere in the country participating from the comfort of their own neighbourhoods by running alone, with a friend or in a small group of a maximum of 5 runners… – entries close on 8 October 2021…

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Cancer Alliance Webinar – The Cost of Cancer: Where to from Here?

Please join us as we launch the latest report from the Cancer Alliance, forecasting the cost of cancer by 2030 and unpacking solutions to the crisis that faces us. The webinar’s focus is on discussing the research results and comments from various roleplayers. We certainly now need solutions and cannot afford talking about our problems any longer. It is time to ReThink-ReDesign-ReEngineer cancer services in South Africa. The time is now…

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“Be with You” Pendants to Support Loved Ones Going Through Treatment

The “Be with You” pendants can be given to a loved one going through cancer treatment, by a husband or wife, or family to grandparents, or a friend to a friend or partner to partner, so that they know you are thinking of them. Due to COVID, loved ones often aren’t able to be with cancer patients when they need it most, and this pendant is a tangible reminder that you are there in heart and mind. A percentage from the sale of each pendant will be given to CANSA…

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CANSA Asks – Do You Read Labels on Food Products and Other Items?

CANSA marks 90 years in August and as part of the celebrations, is proud to announce that its Seal of Recognition Programme is revitalised to further benefit consumers by helping to educate them to make smart, informed choices when purchasing products and to help lower cancer risk…

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Women – Take a Stand Against Cancer

CANSA acknowledges the collective power of women to achieve positive change and calls on women to unite around the importance of cancer screening for women and help prevent unnecessary loss of life. CANSA encourages women to arrange for cancer screening at their local CANSA Care Centre and purchase a screening voucher for a loved one, friend or employee. (Image credit:

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Pink Trees for Pauline – Wrap a Tree or Buy a Doek or Earrings for CANSA

Help fund CANSA’s care and support services for cancer patients and loved ones – embrace #doekwithadifference or wrap trees in your community in pink fabric. New this year, you can purchase our fabulous earrings…

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CANSA Highlights the Importance of Lung Cancer Awareness

World Lung Cancer Day is observed on 1 August to raise awareness about the causes and treatment of lung cancer, and to support those affected by the disease. Lung cancer accounted for over 2,2 million new cases and 1 796 144 deaths worldwide in 2020 (Globocan 2020) making it the most fatal cancer globally. It’s in the top five most frequent cancers in SA excluding non-melanoma skin cancer in 2020 (Globocan 2020). The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has partnered with the University of KwaZulu-Natal in a bid to raise much needed awareness about lung cancer in several KZN communities.

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Webinar Recording: Cancer Patients and COVID-19 Vaccination

CANSA and the SANCDA arranged a webinar session about cancer patients and the COVID vaccine. The panel of presenters included two oncology experts sharing current recommendations and information, Dr Zainab Mohamed, Head Clinical Unit, Radiation Oncology Groote Schuur Hospital / University of Cape Town and Dr Ria David,  a medical oncologist and specialist physician from Oncocare.

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Second Virtual Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon 2021 – Ticket Sales Open

Ticket sales for this year’s virtual Avon Justine IThemba Walkathon #iThembaWalkathon on 3 October 2021 are now open!

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CANSA and SACRS Launch Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Support

SA in partnership with The South African Colorectal Society (SACRS) launches its Colorectal Awareness and Support Programme on World Health Day, 7 April 2021. COVID-19 has led to a delay in screenings and treatment as CANSA urges all to make health a priority.

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CANSA Committed to Cervical Cancer Awareness & Support

CANSA launches its Cervical Cancer Awareness and Support Campaign on International Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Day on 4 March 2021. HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women, resulting in 300 000 deaths due to cervical cancer globally per annum.

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90 Years of Making Cancer Research Possible

CANSA is turning 90 this year and we’ve always had a heart for supporting cancer research and is one of the largest local funders of cancer research in South Africa. Our research programmes aim to target the challenges of cancer risk reduction, early detection and cancer survivorship in South Africa.

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