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Take Action for World Cancer Day  

2023 – CANSA and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) places the spotlight on World Cancer Day (4 February) and challenges individuals to lower their personal cancer risk through healthy living. The focus is on smart eating and drinking, participating in regular physical activity like the ‘World Cancer Day 5k Challenge’ and avoiding known cancer-causing agents such as alcohol and tobacco…

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World Cancer Day – 5km Event Challenge

Grab a buddy and take part in a 5 km event for CANSA to highlight World Cancer Day…

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World Cancer Day – Lace Up for Cancer back with Support of Life Healthcare

Get moving this World Cancer Day, 4 February 2023, at Anura Wine Estate and kick off the new year by lowering your cancer risk…

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CANSA Research Grant Type A Funding Call 2024

CANSA is now accepting expressions of interest in research focused on controlling priority cancers in South Africa.  Research may be on a range of cancer control determinants, including those with a focus on public health, and clinical and basic sciences.  CANSA also welcomes projects investigating cancer control that utilise new methodologies and technologies. Letters of Interest submission deadline: 31 March 2023.

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Video: Melanoma Patient Webinar

Recording available – ‘Let’s get under the skin of melanoma – mutation matters’. Exploring testing, early diagnosis and treatment…

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Naniki Seboni – Brown Skin Girl

People of all skin types are at risk for melanoma. When Naniki was told that she had Stage 3 malignant melanoma, she asked, “What is that?” To which the doctors explained skin cancer. Her response was, “But, I’m black?” Naniki goes on to explain, “I had never heard of a black person having skin cancer. Yes, prostate and cervical but not skin cancer…”

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Katherine Burger Shares Melanoma Diagnosis

Says Katherine, “Melanomas can look like any lump or bump, so that’s it’s so important to know our bodies and watch for changes. You should do a skin self-examination every few weeks. Most importantly, this is why EVERYONE should have an annual skin check by a dermatologist.”

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Help Needed For CANSA Volunteers  

Can you help? We would love to be able to provide our volunteers with the tools they need to operate within their communities – be it with a laptop, smartphone, training and upskilling on computer software and social media platforms or assistance with mobile data so that they can, optimally, continue with their work for CANSA. We’re operating with a business model that relies on technology and it’s important for volunteers to be able to attend meetings, training, and supervision sessions online. So, we appeal to the public and corporates and invite them to show their community spirit by helping us with donations and sponsorships of these items to keep our volunteers active in the communities where they work…

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Early Detection Plays Key Role

Men’s Health Awareness month is recognised globally in November, with 19 November celebrated as International Men’s Day – a day recognising the positive value men bring to their families and communities and raise awareness with a focus on men’s health and wellbeing. CANSA highlights the importance of the top five leading cancers affecting men in South Africa and urges men to go for regular check-ups, not only during November, but throughout the year…

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Breast Cancer Screening can Save Lives

Breast and cervical cancer have been identified as a national priority with increasing incidences occurring and CANSA urges women to go for annual health check-ups and screening to detect cancer early. Apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in South Africa with a lifetime risk of 1 in 27, according to the 2019 National Cancer Registry (NCR). There is growing concern that most women present with late-stage cancers, which makes for a difficult prognosis…

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Lung Cancer Awareness Video – CANSA MLCCP Partnership with University of KZN

CANSA is concerned about the low awareness of lung cancer. More than two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage, when the cancer has already spread to other parts of the body. If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage, when it’s small and before it has spread, it’s more likely to be successfully treated. This concern led to a partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a Multinational Lung Cancer Control Programme (UKZN-MLCCP)…

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Cancer-related Research Studies

We collaborate with partners to support awareness of, and access to, cancer-related research studies and make available regularly updated information on studies currently taking place in South Africa. Find out what studies and research are taking place, if you are eligible and how you can get involved. 

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What CANSA Does with Your Donation to Support those Affected by Cancer

Watch a video about the work CANSA does with regards to research, advocacy and education aimed at lowering cancer risk and raising awareness of cancer, cancer screening to promote early detection and care and support services for cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones…

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