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Clearing the Air: CANSA Supports Smoke-Free Legislation

CANSA fully supports the Ministry of Health’s proposed Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill that may require all enclosed and some outdoor public areas to be 100% smoke-free. Currently, the Bill is in parliament and OPEN for public comments until 4 SEPTEMBER 2023. Show your support by helping to get the new proposed South African Tobacco Bill (2018) passed – submit online…

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Published: 20 July 2023
Updated: 13 September 2023
Categories: Advocacy, Media Releases & News, No-Tobacco Campaign

Call for Public Comments: Tobacco Products & Electronic Delivery Systems Bill

The Portfolio Committee on Health is inviting the public and other relevant stakeholders to submit written comments and indicate interest in making oral submissions on the Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill. Written submissions must be emailed or submitted ONLINE by the 4th SEPTEMBER 2023. The Bill is designed to protect the health of all South Africans. The Bill seeks to strengthen public health protection measures, align South African Tobacco Control law with the World Health Organisation Framework Convention and to repeal the current existing Tobacco Control Act (1993)…

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Published: 17 July 2023
Updated: 4 August 2023
Categories: Advocacy, No-Tobacco Campaign

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

The True Cost of Tobacco

The theme for World No Tobacco Day for 2023 is “We Need Food Not Tobacco”. The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) wholeheartedly supports the World Health Organisation (WHO) campaign to create awareness around the negative consequences of tobacco farming and use of tobacco. Government and policy makers are encouraged to motivate the advantages of substitution of tobacco with nutritious and sustainable alternative crops, making resources available to local tobacco farmers who wish to switch crops.

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Published: 1 June 2023
Updated: 4 July 2023
Categories: Advocacy, Media Releases & News, No-Tobacco Campaign

CANSA Service Spotlight – Lorraine Govender (National Manager: Health Promotion)

Lorraine Govender CANSA National Manager: Health Promotion shares what she loves about her job and her role in advocating for tobacco control in South Africa on behalf of CANSA…

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Published: 30 May 2023
Updated: 4 July 2023
Categories: Advocacy, No-Tobacco Campaign, Work for CANSA

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

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

Towards Freedom from Tobacco and Nicotine – the Tobacco Control Bill

This Freedom Day advocates of tobacco control are highlighting the power of the law to protect our rights to freedom and health, while calling for the passing of new legislation to free South Africa from addiction and other harms associated with the use of tobacco and related products including e-cigarettes.  “As we commemorate our first democratic elections, let’s celebrate the power of good governance and law to change lives for the better and protect our future.  We believe in creating a tobacco-free and nicotine-free South Africa.  The Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Control Bill, currently in parliament, will help us do that,” says Dr Sharon Nyatsanza, Deputy Director of the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS). Show your support for a tobacco-free and nicotine-free South Africa this Freedom Day by visiting and pledging your support for the Bill. Let’s pass the Bill in 2023!

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Published: 26 April 2023
Updated: 4 July 2023
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA on the Move for the Youth, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, No-Tobacco Campaign, Women's Health

CANSA Joins LocumBase at SAPHEX 2023 to Offer Free Screening to Medical Professionals

15 to 16 MARCH 2023: Medical professionals like the rest of the general population, need reminding that early detection saves lives. Many lead busy lifestyles and fall into the routine and rigmarole of taking care of others’ needs before their own. LocumBase in partnership with CANSA will give medical professionals the opportunity to get screened for breast cancer, access to the CANSA FotoFinder™ which will help screen skin risk factors as well as an opportunity to take a one-on-one lifestyle risk assessment, all facilitated by  specialised registered nurses from CANSA. These services will be offered FREE of any charges at SAPHEX 2023, stand C27…

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Published: 13 March 2023
Updated: 17 March 2023
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Gauteng, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Women's Health

Choose Your Cooking Oil Wisely

Article written by Megan Pentz-Kluyts, CANSA Nutrition and Dietetics consultant Walking down the supermarket aisle and seeing the rows of shelves packed with different kinds of cooking oils, can make for a daunting task in how to choose the oils that help better support you and your family’s health. Diet has become one of the […]

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Published: 7 March 2023
Updated: 7 March 2023
Categories: Balanced Lifestyle, CANSA Seal of Recognition - Edible Consumer Goods Category

HPV Awareness Key In Lowering Cervical Cancer Risk

CANSA is proud to support the International Papillomavirus Society’s (IPVS) #OneLessWorry campaign this International Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Day, 4 March 2023, as part of its on-going efforts to raise awareness of certain HPV strains resulting in cervical cancer. The #OneLessWorry HPV campaign aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the HPV virus and to promote the importance of the lowering of risk through HPV vaccinations, regular screenings, namely Pap smears, and diagnosis and treatment of papillomavirus-related disease…

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Published: 2 March 2023
Updated: 30 May 2023
Categories: Advocacy, Media Releases & News, Women's Health

CANSA’s Position Statements & Fact Sheets

CANSA’s Fact Sheets & Position Statements are provided for general information purposes only, and to state our stance on particular matters. We do not specialise in treatment of cancer. It is therefore important to discuss any questions which may arise with the appropriate specialists. CANSA Fact Sheets CANSA Position Statements Has Cancer Touched Your Life? […]

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Published: 28 February 2023
Updated: 19 April 2023
Categories: Advocacy, What CANSA Believes

How Global & Local Partnership Achieve Life-saving Aims of UHC Day

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 41 million people each year die of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), equivalent to 74% of all deaths globally. Each year, 17 million people die from an NCD before age 70; 86% of these premature deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. It’s a global crisis that must be addressed. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, held annually on 12 December, is a day on which advocates worldwide mobilise to bring awareness to the significance of accessible and affordable health care.

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Published: 10 December 2022
Updated: 23 January 2023
Categories: Advocacy, Media Releases & News

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

Nia Africa Awarded CANSA Seal of Recognition

24 November 2022 – The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is proud to announce its latest CANSA Seal of Recognition partner, Nia Africa, under the CANSA Smart Choice Physical Activity category. This holistic movement practice conditions the body, mind, and emotions through a blend of dance, martial arts, and healing arts encouraging a holistic, and […]

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Published: 22 November 2022
Updated: 23 November 2022
Categories: Balanced Lifestyle, CANSA's Seal of Recognition, CANSA's Seal of Recognition - Physical Activity Category, Media Releases & News

Seminar: Unpacking the Implications of Constitutional Guarantees on the Right to Health for Cancer Patients

CANSA / Cancer Alliance invites you to a seminar on 6 October 2022 “Unpacking the Implications of Constitutional Guarantees on the Right to Health for Cancer Patients”…

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Published: 25 September 2022
Updated: 7 October 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Advocacy, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer

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

Call To Invest in Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

The Global Week for Action on NCDs (5 – 11 September 2022) sees the South African Non-Communicable Diseases+ Alliance (SANCDA+), of which CANSA is a founding partner, join the call to prioritise the urgent need for increased NCD financing to prevent, and treat, NCDs and build strong healthcare systems that provide access to all…

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Published: 5 September 2022
Updated: 12 September 2022
Categories: Advocacy, Media Releases & News

Cape Fynbos Tea Adds Honeybush to South Africa’s Growing Herbal Tea Industry

31 August 2022 – Within a year of launching its first fynbos tea range, a start-up called Cape Fynbos Tea has already captured the interest of the wellness industry – including Faithful to Nature and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) – affirming the interest in the tea market for the medicinal properties of South […]

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Published: 31 August 2022
Updated: 1 September 2022
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Seal of Recognition - Edible Consumer Goods Category, CANSA's Seal of Recognition

Webinar Series – U.S. Chamber and CANSA on Strengthening Health Systems for Cancer Care

On International Cancer Survivors’ Day 2022, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) announced a series of webinars bringing together public and private sector participants (industry representatives, think tanks, academicians, researchers). The first webinar in the series will take place on 14 July 2022…

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Published: 11 July 2022
Updated: 19 July 2022
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Webinars

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