Together we can fight cancer

2016-02-04 06:00

THE Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) is strengthening its role as advocate on World Cancer Day – highlighted each year on 4 February, supporting the campaign theme of “We can. I can.”

Cansa pledges its support in the fight against this dreaded disease and encourages actions that everyone can take to help reduce the cancer risk, achieve greater equity in cancer care and make fighting cancer a priority at the highest political levels.

“World Cancer Day is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. We challenge corporates, organisations, families, friends and individuals to take on this challenge and pledge their support in striving for a cancer-free South Africa,” says Cansa CEO, Elize Joubert.

Companies can get involved by creating healthy work environments and engaging employees in workplace initiatives that support and encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Some of these choices include eating plenty of vegetables and fruit in season, limit fat intake, avoid or limit alcohol, maintain a healthy weight by being active and don’t use tobacco products

Cansa recommends regular medical check-ups and cancer screening to increase the chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.

Cansa Care Centre teams offer early detection screening programmes to help reduce the cancer risk, while nine mobile health clinics provide screening and early detection programmes in remote areas.

“Everyone can also get involved in other ways, such as the #NoHairSelfie campaign and or the ‘Talking Hands’ project,” said Joubert.

What you can do:

We can:

• inspire action, take action;

• reduce cancer risk;

• challenge perceptions;

• create healthy environments;

• improve access to cancer care;

• build a quality cancer workforce;

• mobilise our networks to drive progress;

• shape policy change;

• make the case for investing in cancer control; and

• work together for increased impact.

I can:

• make healthy lifestyle choices;

• understand that early detection can save lives;

• ask for support;

• support others;

• take control of my cancer journey;

• care and be cared for;

• be myself;

• return to work; and

• share my story.


Cansa is excited to be a part of this global movement that encourages the public to raise funds and show support to cancer survivors by virtually (using the #NoHairSelfie app) or actually (at a Cansa Care Centre) shaving their hair. Find out more at or visit your nearest Cansa Care Centre Talking Hands: join in on World Cancer Day’s “Talking Hands” campaign on social media.

It’s very simple – write supportive and inspirational messages on your hand(s) – using the “We can. I can.” theme - and post a picture, or a video of it on social media using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan.

For more information, visit or contact Cansa toll-free 0800226622 or at as email address. Follow Cansa on Twitter: @Cansa ( and join Cansa on Facebook: Cansa The Cancer Association of South Africa.

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