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CANSA Employee Wellness Programme

A healthy workforce, is a productive workforce…

Employers who bring the opportunity for health and cancer screening to their employees through CANSA’s Employee Wellness Programme, into the workplace, are ensuring that employees take the time to prioritise their health.

In turn this leads to cost saving for the employer, due to employees being healthier and more productive. It is also a means for employers to attain sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Employers and employees can benefit from our educational talks and interactive exhibitions around cancer related topics and tips to lower cancer risk, in addition to cancer screening that we offer.

Employees will be encouraged to be more aware of their health, and how to lower their cancer risk by living a balanced lifestyle, taking remedial action where necessary to improve their overall well-being.

Screening Offered by CANSA

A CANSA staff member is able to do a presentation or more informal talk on lowering cancer risk, related cancer topics and the top 5 cancers affecting men and women in South Africa, in addition to offering screening services.

An exhibition table will be set up with cancer information, including leaflets and breast and testicular models to help demonstrate self-examination techniques.

A smokelyzer may be used to do a breath analysis to detect the amount of carbon monoxide present in exhaled breath. Carbon monoxide is commonly present in the breath of tobacco smokers and those exposed to smoking.

It helps indicate the danger zones for smokers and also the impact of smoking on passive smokers.

Cervical Cancer Screening – Pap smear

  • This is a procedure to detect abnormalities in the cells of the surface of the cervix, that may indicate cervical cancer.
  • The cells are collected, and sent to a laboratory where they are viewed under a microscope, after staining, to find out if the cells are abnormal.
  • Abnormalities of the cervix can be detected before this becomes cancerous.
  • CANSA uses liquid-based cytology instead of the regular slide method as this is a far superior method with a higher efficacy rate.
  • The cost of the screening includes the procedure, consumables, courier fees, interpretation of results and feedback to the client.
  • Once test results are ready, the CANSA nurse will do a follow up visit with the client in order to share results. Free counselling will be given if results are abnormal and a referral letter will be given to the client to visit a medical professional.

Breast Cancer Screening – Breast Self Examination, Clinical Breast Examination and Breast Light Examination

  • A Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) is a physical and visual examination of the breast by a trained, professional nurse, to detect abnormalities that may indicate breast cancer. During the examination the client is informed regarding breast cancer, and how to conduct a monthly breast self-examination (BSE).
  • An examination with a Breast Light device may be requested – in this case, a CBE will always be done as well. The Breast Light device is a safe, simple and easy to use handheld device designed to enhance breast awareness for the early detection of breast abnormalities. Breast light uses touch sensor technology to ensure the light is only at full power when the lens is in contact with the skin.
  • CBE and Breast Light examinations do not replace mammograms.

Prostate Cancer Screening – Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Testing

  • The PSA test is a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer.
  • The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood, as raised levels may indicate prostate inflammation or prostate cancer.
  • PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and non-cancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland located below the bladder in men.
  • The blood is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Skin Cancer Screening – Clinical Mole Analysis and FotoFinder Mole Analysis

  • Skin cancer screening detects abnormalities of the skin, indicating the possibility of melanoma or other types of skin cancer.
  • Clinical Mole Analysis: this is when a trained, professional nurse clinically assesses a mole according to the globally accepted ABCDE screening guide.
  • FotoFinder Mole Analysis: this is an enhanced clinical mole analysis to detect suspicious moles via a FotoFinder (electronic device) that measures the risk profile of the mole.

Colorectal Cancer Screening – Faecal Occult Blood Test

  • CANSA promotes awareness and early detection of colorectal cancer by supplying clients with specimen bottles for the collection of a stool specimen for analysis by a laboratory.

Blood Pressure Test

This test is used to measure the pressure in the arteries. This is also routinely checked when visiting your doctor in order to screen for high blood pressure, and will enable diagnosis of hypertension.

Blood Glucose Testing

This test measures the amount of glucose in the blood, and will assist in diagnosing Diabetes.

Healthy Lifestyle Risk Assessment – Cancer Risk Profile

This is a questionnaire to help assess a person’s cancer risk according to a specific lifestyle analysis. Counselling is provided to help improve lifestyle and lower personal cancer risk.

Cost of Screening

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Further Benefits of the CANSA Employee Wellness Programme:

  • Convenience and productivity – the programme offers the opportunity for cancer screening without leaving the workplace
  • Professional service – CANSA’s qualified nurses and social workers have years of experience working with the public and cancer patients
  • Timeous feedback – screening results are communicated with employees via CANSA’s professional nurses or social workers. Some results are given immediately, while others will be given at a later stage when feedback has been received from the laboratory
  • Patient support – support to an employee that is diagnosed with cancer through CANSA’s counselling services, support groups and other patient support services
  • Workplace support – CANSA can assist management, HR and colleagues in coping when an employee is diagnosed with cancer

Support Resources for cancer Survivors & Loved Ones

Find additional online resources for cancer Survivors (anyone who has heard the words ‘you have cancer’) or loved ones, and about coping with cancer.


CANSA does not provide treatment, and if any abnormalities are detected during screening, then you will be referred to an appropriate specialist or healthcare professional. 

CANSA does not prescribe or provide medication, as it is not authorised to do so.

However, our clincial specialist nurse, Sr Vlooi Venter is able to provide free advice with regards to management of side effects of cancer, side effects of cancer treatment and pain.

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