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Message of Condolence for Professor Lynnette Denny

The Late Professor Lynnette Denny

The Late Professor Lynnette Denny

The CANSA Board, employees and volunteers were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Emerita Professor Lynnette Denny on 9 June. As a cervical cancer researcher, Prof Lynne Denny was highly valued by CANSA. She was a Chief Specialist and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. She headed the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and was a full member of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

Throughout her career, she devoted her energies to reducing the risk of cervical cancer in low-resource settings, both in terms of her clinical and research work.

She has published widely and prolifically on this subject, her work proving influential worldwide. Together with CANSA, she was the Specialist on the Western Cape Department of Health Cervical Cancer Task Team looking at the screening policy guidelines. Professor Denny was awarded the CANSA 2015 AG Oettle Memorial Medal for the excellent and significant contribution she made to improving the chances of survival for South African women at risk for or diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Prof Denny’s understanding of the cancer journey amplified after she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2011. In November 2021, she received the Order of the Baobab (Silver) from President Cyril Ramaphosa at an investiture ceremony hosted by the presidency in recognition of Prof Denny’s work as a leading global researcher in cervical cancer and its association with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Her contribution led to many women being able to access life-saving treatment for cervical cancer. She leaves behind a great legacy as we continue raising awareness and educating about cancer.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to her loved ones, family, friends, and colleagues.

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