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Research Findings

Leading oncologists and cancer researchers internationally continue to usher in groundbreaking research and we have seen remarkable advances in the field, attracting national and international attention from the scientific community and the media.

UCT’s Professor Lynette Denny honoured by the president with National Order

University of Cape Town (UCT) cervical cancer researcher Prof Lynette Denny received the Order of the Baobab (Silver) from President Cyril Ramaphosa at an investiture ceremony hosted by the presidency in recognition of Prof Denny’s work as a leading global researcher in cervical cancer and its association with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Prof Denny is […]

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Published: 1 Dec 2021 | Last Updated: 1 Dec 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board, Research Findings

Breast Cancer Research – Prof Jane Harries

Booklet 9 – Professor Jane Harries – Contraceptive needs and fertility intentions of women with breast cancer in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative study

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Published: 18 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 22 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Prostate Cancer Research – Prof Riana Bornman

Booklet 8 – Professor Riana Bornman – Southern African Prostate Cancer Study (SAPCS)

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Published: 18 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 22 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Childhood Cancer Research – Dr Jennifer Geel

Booklet 7 – Dr Jennifer Geel – Hodgkin Lymphoma in young people in South Africa: history and mystery

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Published: 18 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 24 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Breast Cancer Research – Prof Jennifer Moodley

Booklet 6 – Professor Jennifer Moodley – Women’s pathways to breast cancer diagnosis and care

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Published: 18 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 24 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Chemotherapeutic Intervention Research – Prof Anna-Mart Engelbrecht

Booklet 5 – Professor Anna-Mart Engelbrecht – Novel Strategies in Chemotherapeutic Intervention

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Published: 18 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 24 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Gene Therapy Research – Prof Patrick Arbuthnot

Booklet 4 – Prof Patrick Arbuthnot – Gene Therapy for Cancer Treatment

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Cancer Cell Research – Prof Annie Joubert

Booklet 3 – Professor Annie Joubert – ‘Designing Weapons Against Cancer’ in Silico Analysis, Synthesis and in Vitro Evaluation of Novel Anticancer Agents

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Published: 18 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 22 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Cervical cancer research – Prof Anna-Lise Williamson

Booklet 2 – Professor Anna-Lise Williamson – Tracking the Cervical Cancer Virus in South African Men and Women

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Vitamin D: Determinants of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in adults in the Western Cape Province of South Africa

Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of breast, prostate and colorectal cancer. Exposure to solar radiation is a major source of Vitamin D production. Greater exposure is required by those with darker skin tones in order to produce Vitamin D. We funded a study led by Janicke Visser at the Division of […]

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Published: 6 Sep 2019 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, Research Findings, Research Projects

Breastfeeding Can Reduce Cancer Rates For Both Mothers And Babies

South Africa has some of the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rates in the world in the first 6 months of a baby’s life, according to the World Health Organization, sitting at an estimated 32%. It’s believed that much of this comes down to a lack of knowledge, personal attributes of the mother (including age, education, self-confidence, […]

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Published: 8 Jul 2019 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Women's Health

Type A projects which ended on 31 March 2019

The following Type A projects came to an end on 31 March 2019: Dr Jennifer Geel – Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital / WITS / South African Children’s Cancer Study Group. Hodgkin Lymphoma in South African Children Adolescents from 2000-2010: A first report by the South African Children’s Cancer Study Group Dr Catherine Kaschula – Stellenbosch University. Identification of […]

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Published: 4 Jun 2019 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Addressing Obesity as a risk factor for cancer in South Africa: Size does matter

Obesity, a risk factor for cancer and an established problem in high-income countries, is escalating rapidly in low- and middle-income countries, contributing significantly to the noncommunicable disease (NCD) burden. Dr Melissa Wallace and Ms Megan Pentz-Kluyts contributed an article to Cancercontrol.info.

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Published: 19 Feb 2019 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Advocacy, Balanced Lifestyle, Research Findings

Type A projects which ended on 31 March 2018

The following Type A projects came to an end on 31 March 2018: Prof Ans Baeyens – University of the Witwatersrand. Genetic screening of triple negative and young breast cancer patients in South Africa Prof Sinead Delany-Moretlwe – University of the Witwatersrand. Factors associated with anogenital HPV infection and disease prevalence, incidence, persistence: a prospective cohort […]

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Published: 23 Oct 2018
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

CANSA Interview about Importance of Balanced Lifestyle – Mail & Guardian

April 2018: Lorraine Govender (CANSA’s National Advocacy Co-ordinator), was interviewed by Adri Kotze (Africa Editor Centre for Health Journalism – Mail & Guardian – http://bhekisisa.org/). CANSA was asked to respond to Cancer Research UK’s latest research, published earlier this year, regarding lifestyle factors which could contribute to an increased cancer risk, and to comment on […]

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Published: 25 Apr 2018 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Advocacy, Balanced Lifestyle, Research Findings

CANSA’s Head of Research attended AORTIC’s 11th International Conference on Cancer in Africa

CANSA’s Head of Research, Dr Melissa Wallace attended AORTIC’s 11th International Conference on Cancer in Africa (AORTIC 2017) from 7 to 10 November 2017 at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. The theme was: Cancer in Africa: Making Strides, Creating Solutions. Dr Wallace gave a presentation on BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE AND CANCER CONTROL, highlighting the […]

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Published: 11 Dec 2017 | Last Updated: 11 Dec 2017
Categories: Notice Board, Research Findings

Type A projects which ended on 31 March 2017

The following Type A projects came to an end on 31 March 2017: Prof Riana Bornman – University of Pretoria. Biologically relevant genetic markers of prostate cancer risk and aggressive disease within South African men Dr Adrienne Edkins – Rhodes University. Analysis of stem-cell associated genes in breast cancer as biomarkers and predictors of cancer […]

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Published: 11 Dec 2017 | Last Updated: 11 Dec 2017
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Link Between Breast Cancer and Malignant Melanoma

Recent studies have provided evidence of a link between Breast Cancer and Malignant Melanoma. These studies raise the possibility that survivors of one cancer may be prone to developing the other cancer. Read Pubmed Studies… Carriers of mutations in the Breast Cancer Gene have an increased risk of Melanoma, while carriers of mutations in the Melanoma […]

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Published: 8 Sep 2017 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Major Finding: Rooibos protects against adverse effects of UVB exposure

From a soothing beverage to beauty elixir, Rooibos tea is one versatile brew. Now researchers have discovered that it can also undo some of the damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays. CANSA is proud to say that we have been involved in partly funding the research. Read about the CANSA Type A project: Chemopreventive potential of Rooibos in skin carcinogenesis

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Published: 7 Dec 2016 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects, SunSmart

The Cancer Atlas Website Provides a Global Overview of Cancer Burden

The continuing and escalating global fight against cancer demands new tools and the latest available data and trends. The Cancer Atlas Website and The Cancer Atlas, Second Edition book – produced by the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Union for International Cancer Control – provide a comprehensive global […]

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Published: 19 Apr 2016 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: About Cancer, Research Findings, Statistics

CANSA Research Detectives – booklets

These booklets showcase some of the Type A research CANSA has funded. Click on links below to download the booklets: Booklet 1 CANSA Detectives – The very real prospect of eradicating liver cancer in southern Africa – Prof Michael Kew Booklet 2 CANSA Detectives – Tracking the Cervical Cancer Virus in South African Men and […]

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Published: 27 Jul 2014 | Last Updated: 5 Nov 2021
Categories: Research Findings

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