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/)
Cancer has increased and is being diagnosed more frequently * so it is important to know the warning signs of cancer, and to promote early detection and awareness of cancer to enable better treatment outcomes. CANSA encourages employers in South Africa to host employee wellness events to show appreciation for their hardworking employees and to ensure that employees can benefit from the educational talks, interactive exhibitions and cancer risk-reduction screenings that we can offer. Employees are encouraged to be more aware of their health, lower their cancer risk by living a balanced lifestyle, and to take remedial action where necessary.
See how CANSA can help employers reach Sustainable Development Goals though our Employee Wellness Programme:
* 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
- Convenience – the CANSA Employee Wellness Programme offers an excellent service to the client at their workplace
- Productivity – screening is brought to employees, minimising time spent out of the office by employees
- Professional – CANSA’s qualified nurses and social workers have years of experience working with the public and cancer patients
- Feedback – screening results are communicated with employees via CANSA’s professional nurses or social workers. Some results are given immediately, while others will be given at a later stage when we have received feedback from the laboratory
- Valued workforce – an educated and cared for workforce ensures a healthier and happier work environment
- Cost saving – saving of costs due to cancer related absenteeism and savings to company medical aids with early detection of cancer
- Cancer risk reduction – to educate employees about their cancer risk, and promote early detection which can save lives
- CANSA patient support – support to an employee that is diagnosed with cancer through CANSA’s counselling services, support groups and other patient support services
- Workplace support – CANSA can assist a workplace in coping when a colleague is diagnosed with cancer and guide employees and management accordingly
CANSA Employee Wellness Progamme Services:
Blood Pressure Test
This test is used to measure the pressure in the arteries. This is also routinely checked when visiting your doctor in order to screen for high blood pressure, and will enable diagnosis of hypertension.
Blood Glucose Testing
This test measures the amount of glucose in the blood, and will assist in diagnosing Diabetes.
Cervical Cancer – Pap smear
This is a procedure whereby cells from the surface of the cervix are collected and sent to a laboratory. The cells are viewed under a microscope, after staining, to find out if the cells are abnormal. Abnormalities of the cervix can be detected before this becomes cancerous. CANSA uses liquid-based cytology instead of the regular slide method as this is a far superior method with a higher efficacy rate.
Once test results are ready, the CANSA Nurse will visit the client and do a follow up visit in order to share results. Free counselling will be given if results are abnormal and a referral letter will be given to the client to visit a medical professional. The cost includes the procedure consumables, couriers, interpretation of results and result feedback.
Breast Cancer – Clinical Breast Examination
This is a physical and visual examination of the breast by a trained, professional nurse, to detect abnormalities.
If any lump or abnormalities are detected the client will receive a referral letter to follow up with a medical professional for further investigation. During the examination the client is informed regarding breast cancer, how to conduct a self-examination and provided with an informative pamphlet.
Prostate Cancer – Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Testing
The PSA test is a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer. The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood, as raised levels may indicate prostate inflammation or prostate cancer. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and non-cancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland located below the bladder in men. The blood is sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Skin Cancer Screening – Clinical Mole analysis and Fotofinder Mole Analysis
- Clinical Mole Analysis: this is when a trained, professional nurse clinically assesses a mole according to globally accepted ABCDE screening guide.
- Fotofinder Mole Analysis: this is an enhanced clinical mole analysis to detect suspicious moles via a FotoFinder (electronic device) that measures the risk profile of the mole.
Faecal Occult Blood Test – Colorectal Cancer Screening
CANSA promotes awareness and early detection of colorectal cancer by supplying clients with specimen bottles for the collection of a stool specimen for analysis by a laboratory.
Awareness Tools & Education
Women are taught to perform a monthly breast self-examination to detect abnormalities.
Men are taught to perform a monthly testicular self-examination to detect abnormalities like a lump or swelling.
Breast Light Awareness Tool
Breast Light is a safe, simple and easy to use handheld device designed to enhance breast awareness for the early detection of breast abnormalities. Breast light uses touch sensor technology to ensure the light is only at full power when the lens is in contact with the skin. (The Breast Light will always be done in conjunction with a clinical breast examination).
Smokelyzer Awareness Tool
CANSA will provide a Smokelyzer breath analysis to give an indication of the amount of carbon monoxide (an abnormal gas) is present in exhaled breath. Presence of carbon monoxide is common among tobacco smokers and those exposed to chemicals. This will indicate the danger zones of smoking and also the impact of smoking on passive smokers.
Healthy Lifestyle Risk Assessment – Cancer Risk Profile
This is a questionnaire to help assess a person’s cancer risk according to a specific lifestyle analysis.
Talks & Exhibitions
Health Talks & Presentations
A CANSA staff member is able to do a presentation / more informal talk on cancer and health related topics.
A stall will be set up with cancer information (pamphlets and interactive models – breast and testicular).