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Look After Your Own

27 June 2022 – Corporate Wellness Week takes place, 4 to 8 July 2022 and CANSA urges employers to look after their own, by inviting CANSA to the workplace to offer cancer screening and education around recognising the symptoms of cancer and lowering personal cancer risk. Screening also helps identify risk for non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

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Gerda Strauss, CANSA’s Head of Service, encourages employers to look after their employees. “Cancer has increased and is being diagnosed more frequently* and it’s important to do annual screening to enable early detection. Employees often neglect to do screening as they feel they are too busy. By bringing cancer screening to the workplace, employers can help maintain employee health and productivity levels. Employees should not underestimate their significant role in helping the public to lower their cancer risk and detect cancer early through allowing cancer screening in the workplace. It’s about prioritising the health and well-being of the employee.”

Strauss continues, “We provide the opportunity to do blood pressure tests; Clinical Breast Examinations (to detect breast lumps); Pap Smears (liquid based cervical cancer screening test for early diagnosis); Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests (a blood test to assist with detecting prostate abnormalities); FotoFinder examinations (mole mapping dermoscope device to examine moles and spots on skin) and a Faecal occult home testing kit (to help indicate a growth / inflammation / bleeding in digestive system, possibly colorectal cancer). View video about the CANSA Wellness programme on the CANSA Website.”

André Cloete, Manager Client Relations LifeAssist (Pty) Ltd states, “LifeAssist is an employee wellbeing programme service provider in South Africa, and we value the cancer screening services that CANSA provide to our corporate clients and their employees. Knowing one’s health status is especially important, one of the key risks that you need to be aware of is your cancer status. We motivate people to go for these screening services on a regular basis so that one can manage your risk on an early basis.”

Strauss adds, “Further services include health talks, exhibitions, and presentations. We also offer a comprehensive service with CANSA’s Lifestyle Risk Assessment producing a company risk profile after each employee completes the assessment. In this way, employers can help ensuring employees are aware of the changes they can make to lower their personal risk of cancer and other non-communicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Now is the time for employers to invest in the well-being of their staff, so contact us today and make a booking for a health risk assessment and screening.”

Make a booking on the CANSA Website or email cansawellness@cansa.org.za

* Bray F, Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Siegel RL, Torre LA, Jemal A. Global cancer statistics 2018: GLOBOCAN estimates of incidence and mortality worldwide for 36 cancers in 185 countries. CA Cancer J Clin. 2018;68(6):394–424.

* Summary Statistics of Cancer Diagnosed Histologically in 2014; Available from: http://www.nicd.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2014-NCR-tables-1.pdf

(For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email lbalona@cansa.org.za. Call 011 616 7662 or mobile 082 459 5230.)

CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support. We offer a Tele Counselling service in seven languages free of charge. We also supply patient care and support in the form of 8 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.

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