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Types of cancer

Frequently Asked Questions – Breast Cancer

Why the focus on breast cancer? Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in South Africa with a lifetime risk of 1 in 27, according to the 2019 National Cancer Registry (NCR). There is growing concern that most women present with late-stage cancers, which makes for a difficult prognosis. Who is at risk […]

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Published: 21 September 2023
Updated: 21 September 2023
Categories: Types of cancer, Women's Health

Casting Light on Lymphoma: Understanding a Stealthy Disease

CANSA marks World Lymphoma Day on 15 September, raising awareness of lymphoma, a cancer impacting thousands of lives.  This annual event highlights the importance of early detection, advancements in treatment, and the determined spirit of individuals living with lymphoma head-on. Chantel Memziwe, a cancer survivor, shares a remarkable tale of courage and resilience, when getting Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL). Diagnosed twice with this cancer, first in 2017 with stage 4 NHL, Chantel’s journey symbolises unwavering determination…

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Published: 13 September 2023
Updated: 14 September 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Highlights, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Support For Multiple Myeloma Patients

CANSA, in partnership with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and the Department of Haematology at King Edward Vlll Hospital, is pleased to announce the initial successes of its Multiple Myeloma support programme in KwaZulu-Natal, ahead of World Blood Donor Day. World Blood Donor Day (14 June) aims to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion, and to thank voluntary blood donors who give to national health systems. Blood is vital for the treatment of all types of cancer patients…

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Published: 1 June 2023
Updated: 22 September 2023
Categories: Advocacy, Media Releases & News, Types of cancer

Melanoma Ranks in Top Five Cancers

In May, awareness is placed on Melanoma, currently ranking the fifth most prevalent cancer in men and sixth most prevalent among women in South Africa, according to the National Cancer Registry (2019). The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) reminds South Africans to protect themselves from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays that are the main cause of skin cancer and to be aware that people of all skin tones (light to dark) can be diagnosed with skin cancer.

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Published: 25 May 2023
Updated: 4 July 2023
Categories: CANSA's Seal of Recognition, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Reduce Cancer Risk, Screening & Cancer Control, SunSmart, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Risk Factors – Ovarian Cancer (isiXhosa)

Learn more about Ovarian Cancer… Source: World Ovarian Cancer Coalition

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Risk Factors – Ovarian Cancer (isiZulu)

Learn more about Ovarian Cancer… Source: World Ovarian Cancer Coalition

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Risk Factors – Ovarian Cancer (seSotho)

Learn more about Ovarian Cancer… Source: World Ovarian Cancer Coalition

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Risiko Faktore Eierstokkanker (Ovarian Cancer) – Afrikaans

Lees meer oor eierstokkanker.. Bron: World Ovarian Cancer Coalition

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Risk Factors – Ovarian Cancer

Read more about Ovarian Cancer… Source: World Ovarian Cancer Coalition

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

An Overview of Ovarian Cancer

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Published: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Ovarian Cancer – Five Important Facts (isiXhosa)

  Translations into African Languages: Afrikaans isiZulu seSotho English More about Ovarian Cancer…

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Ovarian Cancer – Five Important Facts (isiZulu)

Translations into African Languages: Afrikaans isiXhosa seSotho English More about Ovarian Cancer…

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Ovarian Cancer – Five Important Facts (seSotho)

Translations into African Languages: Afrikaans isiXhosa isiZulu English More about Ovarian Cancer…

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Eierstokkanker (Ovarian Cancer) – Vyf Feite Wat Elke Vrou Moet Weet (Afrikaans)

Translations into African Languages: isiXhosa isiZulu seSotho English More about Ovarian Cancer…

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Ovarian Cancer – Five Facts Every Woman Should Know

  Translations into African Languages: Afrikaans isiXhosa isiZulu seSotho More about Ovarian Cancer…

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Published: 8 May 2023
Updated: 8 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer

Ovarian Cancer

CANSA is a partner of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition and annually on the 8th May, marks World Ovarian Cancer Day to help raise awareness of the disease, affecting many women in South Africa. Read about important facts, symptoms and risk factors regarding Ovarian Cancer. Information also available in Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and seSotho…

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Published: 7 May 2023
Updated: 30 May 2023
Categories: Types of cancer, Women's Health

CANSA BMSF Multiple Myeloma Programme

What is Multiple Myeloma? Multiple Myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Healthy plasma cells help fight infections by making antibodies that recognise and attack germs. Cancerous plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow and crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, […]

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Published: 3 May 2023
Updated: 15 June 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Advocacy, I have Cancer, Types of cancer

Colorectal Cancer

World Health Day – Listen to Your Gut

CANSA emphasises the importance of colorectal health on World Health Day (7 April). Colorectal cancer, is among the top three for men and women in South Africa according to the National Cancer Register (2019). Previously colorectal cancer was associated with older adults, however younger adults are being diagnosed more frequently. CANSA promotes regular cancer screening, especially if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, or if any warning signs present to investigate this by making an appointment with a medical health practitioner and take steps to lower the personal cancer risk…

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Published: 29 March 2023
Updated: 4 July 2023
Categories: Balanced Lifestyle, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

The Fight Against Cancer Gets a Boost in Sub-Saharan Africa

National Cancer Registry media statement: The National Cancer Registry (NCR), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, is honoured to be named one of three IARC-GICR Collaborating Centres for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) Global Initiative for Cancer Registry development (GICR). The World Health Organization (WHO) has […]

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Published: 23 November 2022
Updated: 14 June 2023
Categories: About Cancer, Advocacy, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Types of cancer

Video Interview – Fast Facts from Karger: Breast Cancer and Social Stigma

Abeda Steenkamp, breast cancer Survivor and social worker at CANSA, was interviewed and shares her views on breast cancer and social stigma…

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Published: 25 October 2022
Updated: 22 December 2022
Categories: CANSA Webinars, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Testicular Cancer

The lifetime risk for Testicular Cancer in men in South Africa, is 1 in 1 578, according to the 2019 National Cancer Registry. Most Testicular Cancers can be detected early – a lump or swelling may be the first sign that a medical practitioner should be consulted. Reduce Risk Through Self-Examination It’s important for young […]

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Published: 6 September 2022
Updated: 14 September 2022
Categories: Types of cancer

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