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Join CANSA’s 365 Day Health Challenge on World Cancer Day

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This World Cancer Day (4 February), the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) joins the global community with the message that whoever you are – family, friend, colleague, cancer survivor, leader, healthcare worker, student or employee – you have the power to take action for a cancer-free world.

The aim is to challenge all to ‘start where they are, use what they have and do what they can’ to make a difference in the fight against cancer. So ‘who are you?’ and ‘what will you do?’ to raise awareness of cancer and lower your personal and community cancer risk.

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“The time to act is now. Cancer isn’t just a health issue, it’s a human issue. We all know someone who has been affected. According to the Global Burden of Disease estimates, approximately 115 000 South Africans were diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Research shows it is possible to reduce personal cancer risk for a third of cancers. We’re challenging individuals, communities, educational institutions, workplaces and policy leaders in government to make a commitment to help lower cancer risk throughout the year.  You can reduce your risk factors by making healthy, smart lifestyle choices. Commitments can be shared on social media #IAmIWill and the public is encouraged to support those who have taken up the challenge,” says Elize Joubert, CANSA CEO.

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About World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) which aims to reduce by 25% premature cancer deaths, and those due to non-communicable diseases, by 2025, through awareness initiatives such as World Cancer Day. View infographic…

There is hope for cancer patients as currently there are just over 43 million people alive within five years of a cancer diagnosis. The UICC is committed to its ‘Treatment for All’ campaign that has five pillars: enabling high quality data and research; early detection and diagnosis; timely and accurate treatment and improved supportive and palliative care for cancer patients.

CANSA encourages South Africans to improve their knowledge of cancer and to challenge unhelpful myths and stigma. Its research team currently supports a Cancer Stigma study. Individuals can lower cancer risk by exercising more, having good eating habits, being SunSmart and staying away from sunbeds, getting vaccinated against HPV and Hepatitis B, quitting tobacco and alcohol, avoiding pollutants and chemicals such as asbestos, pesticides and BPA, amongst others; as well as knowing the signs and symptoms of cancer to enable early detection for successful treatment. Detailed information to assist in achieving these goals is found on”


Start the Challenge with CANSA

Joubert concludes, “Make a personal commitment to lower your risk in one area of your life and share it with all your contacts. Follow up on your commitment monthly. Although it may seem daunting to take up the challenge, CANSA is there to support. You can begin by participating at the following events to get your personal health commitment off to a good start.”

And download World Cancer Day Toolkits for inspiration on 

#WorldCancerDay #IAmAndIWill #StartWhereYouAre #LowerCancerRisk

For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email 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 (more than R12 million spent annually) 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 and organisational management; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support.

We also supply patient care and support in the form of 11 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients; a Wellness Centre based in Polokwane; and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.

Queries CANSA

Visit or contact the nearest CANSA Care Centre, call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email:  In addition to online resources and Facebook support groups, CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 072 197 9305 for English and Afrikaans, and 071 867 3530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati.


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