COVID-19 Alert: CANSA will continue supporting patients virtually via our online support platforms, Toll Free Call Centre 0800 22 66 22 and our WhatsApp lines which are 072 197 9305 English and Afrikaans / 071 867 3530 Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati. A list of staff on call during the nationwide lockdown will also be posted on the CANSA website.
Furthermore, CANSA may be contacted via our social media platforms:
- Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CancerAssociationOfSouthAfrica)
- Twitter @CANSA https://twitter.com/cansa) and
- Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/cancerassociationofsouthafrica/)
CANSA encourages the public and cancer Survivors to continue to have regular health check-ups, as well as cancer risk-reduction screenings.
We know that early detection is key to enabling effective treatment and a better chance of recovering from or facilitating remission from cancer. If you are experiencing symptoms which concern you, it is vital to have them investigated by a health professional as soon as possible. It is also important to know what screening options are available, especially if there is a family history of cancer.
We offer the following screenings at most of our CANSA Care Centres countrywide. Costs are kept to a minimum to cover materials necessary to conduct the screening. Patients with medical aid benefits can claim from their medical aids once they have paid for the screening.
Certain screening equipment, due to expense, is shared and roams between Care Centres as required. For this reason, it is important to book an appointment for a screening and to enquire whether a particular Care Centre offers a particular type of screening.
Mobile Health Clinics (8 in total throughout SA), visit remote, rural areas to conduct screening otherwise not accessible to residents (these screenings are dependent on available funding and donors).
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.
Cervical Cancer – Pap smear
This is a procedure whereby cells from the surface of the cervix are collected and sent to a laboratory. The cells 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.
Breast Cancer – Clinical Breast Examination
This is a physical and visual examination of the breast by a trained, professional nurse, to detect abnormalities.
Prostate Cancer – 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
- Clinical Mole Analysis: this is when a trained, professional nurse clinically assesses a mole according to 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.
Faecal Occult Blood Test – Colorectal Cancer Screening
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.
CANSA does not do Mammograms. See list of public hospital walk-in Breast Clinics…
CANSA does not provide treatment, so if any abnormalities are detected during screening, then the person screened will be referred to an appropriate specialist or healthcare professional. Read more about our care & support programmes for those diagnosed with cancer & their loved ones.
Awareness Tools & Education
Women are taught to perform a monthly breast self-examination to detect abnormalities.
Men are taught to perform a monthly testicular self-examination to detect abnormalities like a lump or swelling.
Breast Light Awareness Tool
Breast Light 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. (The Breast Light will always be done in conjunction with a clinical breast examination).
Smokelyzer Awareness Tool
CANSA will provide a Smokelyzer breath analysis to give an indication of the amount of carbon monoxide (an abnormal gas) is present in exhaled breath. Presence of carbon monoxide is common among tobacco smokers and those exposed to chemicals. This will indicate the danger zones of smoking and also the impact of smoking on passive smokers.
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.
Talks & Exhibitions
Health Talks & Presentations
A CANSA staff member is able to do a presentation / more informal talk on cancer and health related topics.
A stall will be set up with cancer information (pamphlets and interactive models – breast and testicular).