Campaign founder Samantha Galliet said the conference heard that government was not investing enough in cancer treatment. This was largely due to a lack of updated statistics of the prevalence of the disease in the country.
The current registry dated back to 1999, she said.
The conference kicked off on a high note on Friday, Galliet said, with cancer patients learning about advocacy and how current laws could protect them.
"We had an amazing response on the first day, teaching patients what advocacy is... and how laws protect patients. They really took away a lot yesterday [Friday]," she said.
South Africa's first cancer advocacy charter will be compiled on Saturday with advocacy workshops being held on the final day of the conference on Sunday. – (Sapa)