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Types of cancer

Melanoma

There are two main categories of skin cancer, namely, melanoma (malignant melanoma) and non-melanoma. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers has been increasing over the past decades, and WHO estimates that a 10 % decrease in ozone levels will result in an additional 300 000 […]

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Published: 19 May 2022 | Last Updated: 20 May 2022
Categories: SunSmart, Types of cancer

Letter from CANSA Urging Parents to Support Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Programme in Schools

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) wishes to advise parents / guardians to get their daughters vaccinated for HPV, to ensure that they are protected from getting cervical cancer. CANSA is also asking parents / guardians to consider the health and the future of their girl child. Parents / guardians can do this by signing the consent form and return it in good time back to the school. Parents / guardians who make it possible for their girl child to be vaccinated with the HPV vaccine are making sure that their girl child is protected for the rest of her life against HPV infection and the possibility of getting cervical cancer…

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Published: 6 Feb 2022 | Last Updated: 21 Apr 2022
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Highlights, CANSA on the Move for the Youth, Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

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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Published: 10 Dec 2021 | Last Updated: 14 Jan 2022
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Highlights, Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Zoom Panel Discussion – Let’s Get Real about Men and Prostate Cancer

CANSA hosted a Zoom panel discussion on 18 November 2021 ‘Let’s Get Real about Men and Prostate Cancer’…

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Published: 17 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 24 Nov 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Types of cancer

Radio Spots – CANSA Cervical Cancer Awareness and Screening

Radio spots available in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and SeSotho courtesy of Siemens Healthineers. South African women have a 1 in 40 lifetime risk of cervical cancer (NCR 2017). Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths, and the second most common diagnosed cancer (excluding basal cell carcinoma) among SA women. CANSA encourages women aged 18 to 69 to contact their CANSA Care Centre to make an appointment for a Pap smear, or visit their local clinic or health professional. Early detection saves lives…

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Published: 12 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 9 Dec 2021
Categories: Advocacy, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Webinar – Talking Lung Cancer 11 November 2021

A round table discussion via Zoom took place on Thursday, 11 November 2021, featuring a cancer patient; Dr Poovan Govender, Oncologist, and a palliative care nurse, Zodwa Sithole (CANSA Head of Advocacy), and caregiver, Christa Matthee – recording now available…

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Published: 9 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 16 Nov 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, No-Tobacco Campaign, Types of cancer

Lung Cancer

Latest Webinar: Talking Lung Cancer (11 November 2021) – view recording 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 […]

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Published: 7 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 18 Mar 2022
Categories: Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Radio Spots – Lung Cancer Awareness & Symptoms

SABC English https://cansa.org.za/files/2021/11/Lung-Cancer-Advert-SABC-English-v2.mp3 SABC Zulu https://cansa.org.za/files/2021/11/Lung-Cancer-Advert-SABC-Zulu-v2.mp3 General English https://cansa.org.za/files/2021/11/Lung-Cancer-Advert-English-general-v2.mp3 General Zulu https://cansa.org.za/files/2021/11/Lung-Cancer-Advert-Zulu-general-v2.mp3 Find more information regarding lung cancer…

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Published: 3 Nov 2021
Categories: Men's Health, 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…

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Published: 2 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 2 Dec 2021
Categories: Men's Health, Types of cancer

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: 19 Oct 2021
Categories: Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal or colon cancer is among the top three cancers for both men and women in South Africa with 1 in 77 males and 1 in 132 females diagnosed according to the National Cancer Register (2019)**. There is evidence of many younger individuals being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It’s the second most common cancer in men […]

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Published: 23 Apr 2021 | Last Updated: 21 Apr 2022
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 42 lifetime risk of cervical cancer (NCR 2019). Cervical cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among South African […]

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Published: 3 Mar 2021 | Last Updated: 28 Feb 2022
Categories: Types of cancer, Women's Health

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: E.tv 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

Booklet 1 – Professor Michael Kew – The very real prospect of eradicating liver cancer in southern Africa

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Published: 24 May 2012 | Last Updated: 16 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings, 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 Apr 2022
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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