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Climate Change – Unsuspecting Risk Factor For Skin Cancer

The complex relationship between climate change, the surge in ultraviolet (UV) radiation (read fact sheet), and the increase in skin cancer cases globally, is a growing concern for medical professionals and CANSA. As global weather patterns undergo shifts due to climate change, the consequential increase in UV rays poses a heightened environmental risk for skin cancer, particularly in regions like South Africa with its subtropical location, climate and topography…

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Published: 12 December 2023
Updated: 15 February 2024
Categories: Advocacy, Media Releases & News, SunSmart

Knowledge for Life: CANSA Unveils Podcast Series For #GivingTuesday

In a significant step towards community education, CANSA introduces a podcast series sharing helpful insights into lowering the cancer risk and care. This initiative underlines CANSA’s commitment to educating the public with knowledge that can make a difference in the fight against cancer…

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Published: 7 December 2023
Updated: 8 December 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, About Cancer, Advocacy, Balanced Lifestyle, CANSA Highlights, CANSA on the Move for the Youth, CANSA's Seal of Recognition, Caregiving and Cancer, Environment, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, No Alcohol, No-Tobacco Campaign, Our Corporate Social Investment Partners, SunSmart, Women's Health, World Cancer Day - 4 Feb

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: 1 December 2023
Updated: 15 February 2024
Categories: CANSA's Seal of Recognition, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Screening & Cancer Control, SunSmart, Types of cancer, Women's Health

CANSA withdraws Smart Choice Seal from two sunscreens

CANSA announces that it is withdrawing its Smart Choice Seal from the Kool-a-Chem range of sunscreens currently carrying the CANSA trademark, as of November 2023. This is due to non-compliance and contravention of the license agreement, following random laboratory tests carried out by CANSA.

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Published: 13 November 2023
Updated: 14 November 2023
Categories: CANSA Seal of Recognition - Protection Category, Media Releases & News, SunSmart

Video: Melanoma Patient Webinar

Recording available – ‘Let’s get under the skin of melanoma – mutation matters’. Exploring testing, early diagnosis and treatment…

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Published: 19 December 2022
Updated: 7 February 2023
Categories: CANSA Webinars, Men's Health, SunSmart, Women's Health

Naniki Seboni – Brown Skin Girl

People of all skin types are at risk for melanoma. When Naniki was told that she had Stage 3 malignant melanoma, she asked, “What is that?” To which the doctors explained skin cancer. Her response was, “But, I’m black?” Naniki goes on to explain, “I had never heard of a black person having skin cancer. Yes, prostate and cervical but not skin cancer…”

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Published: 17 December 2022
Updated: 7 February 2023
Categories: Stories of Hope, SunSmart

Katherine Burger Shares Melanoma Diagnosis

Says Katherine, “Melanomas can look like any lump or bump, so that’s it’s so important to know our bodies and watch for changes. You should do a skin self-examination every few weeks. Most importantly, this is why EVERYONE should have an annual skin check by a dermatologist.”

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Published: 16 December 2022
Updated: 7 February 2023
Categories: Stories of Hope, SunSmart

Miiskin Smartphone App to Benefit CANSA

Miiskin and CANSA are working together to create awareness in the South African population about checking your skin and moles for changes. The app contains paid premium features of which CANSA will receive 15%.

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Published: 15 September 2022
Updated: 11 September 2023
Categories: SunSmart

Ocean Freedom Sunscreen Gets Thumbs Up For CANSA Seal

Ocean Freedom mineral sunscreens have been awarded the CANSA Seal of Recognition denoting it as a ‘CANSA Smart Choice’ product for cancer risk reduction…

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Published: 13 September 2022
Updated: 30 September 2022
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Seal of Recognition - Protection Category, CANSA's Seal of Recognition, SunSmart

Sunscreen root4 Receives CANSA Seal of Recognition

CANSA welcomes its latest CANSA Seal of Recognition partner, root4 3D Defence SPF50 Mineral Sunscreen, under their Protection category. root4 is the perfect addition to the CANSA Smart Choice family as it not only meets national and international sun protection standards, but it’s also safe for the environment…

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Published: 12 September 2022
Updated: 30 September 2022
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Seal of Recognition - Protection Category, CANSA's Seal of Recognition, SunSmart


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
Updated: 22 February 2023
Categories: SunSmart, Types of cancer

CANSA Novartis Free FotoFinder & Skin Examinations in January 2022

CANSA will be hosting FREE FotoFinder & skin examinations in January 2022, at various venues. We are thankful to Novartis for sponsoring this screening…

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Published: 22 January 2022
Updated: 23 January 2023
Categories: SunSmart

Don’t Let Cancer Get Under Your Skin

As part of its 2022 SunSmart health awareness campaign, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is hosting free FotoFinder and skin examinations, sponsored by Novartis, in: Roodepoort – 13 January, Vredendal – 17 January, Springbok – 21 and 22 January, Rustenburg – 27 January and Nelspruit – 27 January. Appointments can be booked through CANSA Care Centres or directly with CANSA Service Coordinators in the various regions.

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Published: 12 January 2022
Updated: 12 January 2022
Categories: Media Releases & News, SunSmart

CANSA Contributes SunSmart Tips to Online Magazines for the Holiday Season

CANSA recently contributed to articles in online magazines MzansiHealth and RoveSA: Be SunSmart and Lower Your Risk of Skin Cancer Most people don’t know that sunburn can occur within fifteen minutes of exposure to the sun and that even during such a short time, permanent, irreversible, damage is caused to your skin. This damage increases […]

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Published: 14 December 2021
Updated: 14 December 2021
Categories: SunSmart

Freya Hats Awarded CANSA Seal of Recognition

Freya Hats is a perfect fit to receive the CANSA Seal of Recognition (Protection Category). Local, handmade, and sustainable, the hats also comply with international safety standards regarding sun protection properties and are available for men, women, and children, receiving the endorsement from CANSA…

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Published: 22 October 2021
Updated: 3 November 2021
Categories: CANSA Seal of Recognition - Protection Category, Media Releases & News, SunSmart

Let’s Get Chatty About Melanoma Awareness & Skin Cancer Screening

Join Evy Michalopoulos from our partner organisation, Machi Filotimo Cancer project with guest presenter, CANSA’s National Relationship Manager Services and TLC, Cara Noble via Zoom on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at 15:00 to chat about Melanoma Awareness and Skin Cancer Screening.

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Published: 11 May 2021
Updated: 19 May 2021
Categories: CANSA Webinars, SunSmart

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