Get Screened – Early Detection is Key
COVID-19 Alert: CANSA will continue supporting patients virtually via our online support platforms, Toll Free Call Centre 0800 22 66 22 and our WhatsApp lines which are 072 197 9305 English and Afrikaans / 071 867 3530 Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati. A list of staff on call during the nationwide lockdown will also be posted on the CANSA website.
Furthermore, CANSA may be contacted via our social media platforms:
- Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CancerAssociationOfSouthAfrica)
- Twitter @CANSA https://twitter.com/cansa) and
- Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/cancerassociationofsouthafrica/)
Are you concerned that you or a loved one may have cancer?
We know that early detection is key to enabling effective treatment and a better chance of recovering from cancer. If you are experiencing symptoms which concern you, it is vital to have them investigated by a health professional as soon as possible.
It is also important to know what screening options are available to you, especially if you have a family history of cancer.
What You Can Do:
Know the Signs of Cancer
These symptoms may be caused by another health problem, but if one or more of these symptoms persist, consult your doctor without delay.
Screening & Self-Examination
It is important to detect cancer early by conducting regular self-examinations and going for regular medical check-ups.
See how to conduct self-examinations; symptoms to be aware of; recommended age to commence self-examinations, how often to conduct them, as well as recommended medical check ups here:
- Females – breast and cervical cancer
- Males – prostate and testicular cancer
- Males & Females – skin cancer
Sometimes, a more in depth examination is required. Read more about screening offered at CANSA’s Care Centres below.
Reduce Your Cancer Risk
Empower yourself with knowledge regarding how to reduce your cancer risk.
We present awareness & educational campaigns to local communities across SA, throughout the year via our CANSA Care Centres, in order to help South Africans reduce their cancer risk. Information is also promoted online.
Campaign themes include: SunSmart, Balanced Lifestyle, No-Tobacco, Children & Youth, Women’s Health & Men’s Health.
Know Your Family History
Consult a healthcare professional for advice on appropriate screening tests if there is a family history of cancer.
Read more info regarding genetic testing for cancer and where this can be conducted…
Screening Offered by CANSA:
We offer the following screening tests / examinations at most of our CANSA Care Centres countrywide. Costs are kept to a minimum to cover materials necessary to conduct the screening and the income of the person being screened is taken into consideration as well. Patients with medical aid benefits can claim from their medical aids.
Certain screening equipment, due to expense, is shared and roams between Care Centres as required. For this reason it is important to book an appointment for a screening & to enquire whether a particular Care Centre offers a particular type of screening.
CANSA’s Care Centre Staff also conduct Community & Corporate Wellness Days where screening & educational material are on offer, as requested. Between November and February, “spot- the-spot” screening campaigns are held at various public venues to screen for skin cancer.
- screening Cervical Cancer (Pap smears)
- screening Breast Cancer (Clinical Breast Examinations)
- screening Prostate Cancer (Prostate Specific Antigen finger-prick blood test)
- screening Skin Cancer (Fotofinder Mole-mapping Machine)
- Lifestyle Risk Assessments (Assessing your cancer risk)
- Mobile Health Clinics – 9 in total throughout SA, visiting remote, rural areas to conduct screening otherwise not accessible to residents (enquire re scheduled visits at your nearest CANSA Care Centre)
CANSA does not do Mammograms. See list of public hospital walk-in Breast Clinics…
CANSA does not provide treatment, so if any abnormalities are detected during screening, then the person screened will be referred to an appropriate specialist or healthcare professional. Read more about our holistic care & support to those diagnosed with cancer & their loved ones.
Has Cancer Touched Your Life?
Cancer affects one in four South Africans, through diagnosis of family, friends, colleagues or self.
We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones, regardless of how cancer has touched your life.
Find info & online resources to help you fight cancer and please read more about CANSA’s Holistic Care & Support which is offered at our CANSA Care Centres countrywide.