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Balanced Lifestyle

Life is Beautiful – a CANSA Publication

CANSA’s book, “Life is Beautiful” is a publication that sets out to educate South Africans on adopting a balanced lifestyle and living cancer-free. The book includes recipes from celebrities like Evita Bezuidenhout and cancer survivor, Jeremy Mansfield, as well as a foreword message by Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health and a short summary on CANSA’s 80 year history.

The painting that was specially commissioned for the cover of the book was sponsored by Jeannie Meiring, professional artist of more than thirty years. The painting was auctioned during a silent bid and proceeds go to CANSA. Download the introduction here.

If you buy one book this year, it should be this one – “Life is Beautiful” bears a cover image of a butterfly, a symbol that was selected by CANSA as it is symbolic of transformation and metamorphosis. It is filled with lifestyle and health advice, recipes, anecdotes and daily living inspiration that will be invaluable to those fighting cancer, or aiming to live a cancer-free life through making healthy choices and being medically responsible through regular screening and medical advice.

The publication aims to share the knowledge CANSA has gained over 80 years of research, while spreading hope and empowerment for all. ‘At the very least, the purpose of ‘Life is Beautiful’ is to promote health and healing so that people can make more informed choices.’ Chapters are brightly illustrated and easy to read and include ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ – packed with diet advice and healthy recipes; ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’- what to avoid in the home and kitchen and informative chapters outlining the latest international cancer research findings.

How to Purchase a Book:

Funds raised from sales of the book will help CANSA ensure that people can benefit from CANSA’s wealth of knowledge through increased community activity and information sharing. This informative book is only R50 including VAT.

To purchase your copy, send an email to Moshe Nchwe email:


CANSA is aware of an erratum on page 21 where the manner in which Body Mass Index (BMI) is defined.  The sentence at the bottom of page 21 should read as follows:

BMI is calculated as body weight in kilograms divided by height in metres2.

We would appreciate it if you would make the correction in ink in your copy of the book.


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