EC has highest incidence of blood cancers

2015-10-01 06:00
=The Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will be held on October 31st. It received national attention earlier this year after winning a bronze PRISM award at Africa’s most sought after awards event in the public relations industry. Here are (from left) Dave

=The Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will be held on October 31st. It received national attention earlier this year after winning a bronze PRISM award at Africa’s most sought after awards event in the public relations industry. Here are (from left) Dave

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The Eastern Cape has the highest incidence of blood cancers in South Africa. Local researchers have confirmed that they are concerned about pollution and especially water pollution allegedly being the instigator of this disease.

South Africa has a dire shortage of haematologists to fight this disease. Thus the much acclaimed Dr Neil Littleton, left Cape Town a few years ago, dedicated to tackle this major health issue in the Eastern Cape.

Dr Littleton established Igazi Foundation, the only haematological service (non-governmental organisation) in the country, with the aim to improve haematological services and facilities for sufferers, their families and their supporters. It is nationally as well as internationally recognised as a champion of haematology issues, in the struggle for better health care services in South Africa.

In support of Igazi Foundation, the 5km Big Walk for Cancer will be held on October 31st.

“It is now the single biggest corporate social investment project in the Eastern Cape,” said Dave Tiltmann, managing director of Algoa FM.

This radio station has partnered with the EC Department of Health in hosting the annual Big Walk for Cancer.

Dr Singilizwe Moko, the Department of Health’s general manager for District Health Services, announced a three year partnership with Algoa FM in hosting the Big Walk for Cancer.

Tiltmann challenged businesses to encourage as many as possible of their staff to participate in the Big Walk.

Working with the private sector and the Department of Health in the province, the Igazi Foundation set up the first two dedicated oncology wards in the Eastern Cape. Patients no longer need to travel outside of the province for treatment for blood cancer and other blood-related diseases.

People of colour urged to donate bone marrow

According to Dr Littleton the funds raised through the Big Walk will be used to support a number of projects including Marrow Masakhane.

“This includes the Marrow Masakhane project which aims to encourage more people of colour to register with the Bone Marrow Registry,” said Dr Littleton.

“Amazing research work is being done. Funds will be utilized to support a study into the environmental causes of blood cancers in the Eastern Cape.

“Other projects to benefit from the Big Walk include training for general practitioners and medical offiers and ongoing upgrades and improvements to the Aloe Igazi wards in the Provincial Hospital.”

Big Walk for Cancer

The Big Walk for Cancer will be held on Saturday, October 31st at the Boardwalk in Summerstrand. The entry fee for the 5km walk is R50 and forms are availble from Total Sports stores in PE, Brian Bands, Algoa FM and online at www.algoafm.co.za

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