Stand united against cancer

2016-02-03 06:00
PHOTO: Be a part of the World Cancer Day campaigns and participate in the 'Talking Hands' initiative.

PHOTO: Be a part of the World Cancer Day campaigns and participate in the 'Talking Hands' initiative.

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ATHREE-YEAR campaign, which focuses on encouraging individuals, communities, organisations and businesses to contribute to the fight against cancer will be launched this year as survivors and others affected by cancer commemorate World Cancer Day tomorrow, 4 February.

One of the key focuses of the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) is promoting a healthy lifestyle and educating the public about cancer-related foods and chemicals that might contribute to a person getting the disease.

The campaign supports the theme, “We can. I can”, 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.

The “Talking Hands” campaign, where people write a message on their hands, starting with either “We can” or “I can” and upload it onto social media with the hashtags #WorldCancer Day and #WeCanICan is aimed at showing a united front across the world in the fight against cancer.

One of the most important tasks of Cansa is to ensure that survivors are given support and encouraged by friends and family as it is in this support that they find strength to fight the disease.

Another way to support the campaign is to be a part of #NoHairSelfie which encourages people to virtually shave their head, or actually shave their head in support of fighting cancer. A #NoHairSelfie application is available for downloading.

All participants need to do is commit to the campaign via the Cansa website which will give them all the details of how to make their monetary contributions.

“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,” said 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.

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

Lisa Strydom, divisional manager of Cansa KZN, encouraged the public, who would like to be a part of the Cansa database and receive regular updates on cancer-related issues, to contact Cansa.

For more information or to be a part of the Cansa KZN database contact Strydom at 033 342 9837 or email or visit to be a part of World Cancer Day initiatives.

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