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Types of cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 2.1 million new cases and 1.8 million deaths in 2018. (1) More than two-thirds of lung cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage, after the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. (2) Even with surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the lung […]

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Published: 4 Aug 2021 | Last Updated: 24 Aug 2021
Categories: Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

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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Published: 28 Jul 2021 | Last Updated: 3 Aug 2021
Categories: CANSA Highlights, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer affects men and women in South Africa significantly. It’s the 2nd most common cancer among men affecting 1 in 74 and the 3rd most common cancer among women affecting 1 in 116  (National Cancer Registry 2017). CANSA in partnership with The South African Colorectal Society (SACRS) launched its Colorectal Awareness and Support Programme […]

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Published: 23 Apr 2021 | Last Updated: 28 Jul 2021
Categories: Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Cervical Cancer

The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus (the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a foetus can grow). The cervix leads from the uterus to the vagina (birth canal) below. Women have a 1 in 40 lifetime risk of cervical cancer (NCR 2017). Cervical cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among South African […]

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Published: 3 Mar 2021 | Last Updated: 2 Aug 2021
Categories: Types of cancer, Women's Health

Men and Breast Cancer

Male breast cancer is rare, accounting for 1% of all breast cancers. It is a hundred times more common in women than in men. Symptoms may include: a painless lump under the nipple or areola; an inverted nipple (turned inward); swelling of the breast tissue; a rash around the nipple; discharge or bleeding from the […]

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Published: 30 Sep 2020 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Men's Health, Types of cancer

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

Raise Awareness re Ovarian Cancer

8th May 2015 is World Ovarian Cancer Day. Due to a widespread lack of awareness & absence of early screening tests, many cases of Ovarian Cancer are diagnosed late. For this reason it is the cancer for women with the lowest survival rate. Help change this!

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Published: 3 Sep 2017 | Last Updated: 26 Jul 2021
Categories: Types of cancer, Women's Health

Mesothelioma Resources for Patients & Loved Ones

Mesothelioma (also known as Malignant Mesothelioma) is a rare type of cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs (known as the mesothelium). The most common area affected is the lining of the lungs and chest wall. Making a correct mesothelioma diagnosis is often difficult for doctors because the […]

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Published: 17 Apr 2015 | Last Updated: 31 Aug 2021
Categories: I have Cancer, Types of cancer

Video: insert – CANSA and Cervical cancer vaccines

Cervical cancer vaccine welcomed 19 May 2013 – Government’s decision to vaccinate schoolgirls against cervical cancer has been welcomed. The Cancer Association of South Africa is happy that the Health Department will roll-out a vaccine early next year. In the video: Maria Mulder, Cervical Cancer survivor with her husband, Theunis Mulder and CANSA’s CEO, Sue […]

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Published: 11 Oct 2013 | Last Updated: 12 Jul 2021
Categories: Types of cancer, Women's Health

Liver cancer research – Prof Michael Kew

Liver cancer is in infection-related cancer that is common especially in the developing world. Thanks to the work of South African scientist Professor Michael Kew, who has been funded by CANSA Research for over 30 years, a link between Hepatitis B and liver cancer was discovered, followed by a vaccine that is saving lives. Learn […]

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Published: 24 May 2012 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, Types of cancer

Conditions Giving Rise to Cancer & Types of Cancer

Find alphabetical list of conditions giving rise to cancer & types cancer below. Read more about cancer here… Conditions Giving Rise to Cancer: Actinic Cheilitis Fact Sheet – can lead to squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) Actinic Keratosis Fact Sheet– can lead to squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) Atrophic Gastritis Fact Sheet – can lead to stomach cancer […]

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Published: 24 May 2012 | Last Updated: 20 Aug 2021
Categories: Types of cancer

New Vaccines Reducing Risk of Cervical Cancer

CANSA welcomes the registration of two new cervical cancer vaccines as an effective way to prevent cervical cancer. Currently both vaccines are only available in the private sector and each vaccine costs over R2 100 for the three injections needed. CANSA recommends customers check the current price of each dose of vaccine with their pharmacists, as prices […]

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Published: 29 Aug 2008 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Types of cancer, Women's Health

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