Find out what you can do to show your support for World Cancer Day, 4 February…
Globally, cancer deaths may increase to over 14 million per year over the next 10 years.
In South, Africa, cancer is under-reported due to the lack of a comprehensive cancer surveillance system.
In 2012, 77 440 cases were referred to the National Cancer Registry (NCR). The latest Stats SA figure shows a steady increase in deaths attributable to cancer from 5,6% in 2006 to 9,1% in 2015.
This is according to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) who are gearing up for World Cancer Day (WCD) on 4 February and urging all South Africans to join in.
“We recognise the vital role that schools, libraries, health clinics, service groups, sports clubs and education professionals play in promoting and educating the next generation about their health and wellbeing,” says Elize Joubert, CANSA’s CEO, “World Cancer Day is an opportunity for teachers, librarians, students, health practitioners and parents to learn more, raise awareness, take action and engage in this critically important health issue. We invite communities across the world on 4 February to support the forward progress in the fight against cancer.”
CANSA urges everyone to be more active – in every sense – in the fight against cancer by incorporating sport-related and wellness activities into daily routines.
Physical activity has been shown to combat cancer, including risk reduction, helping cancer patients manage the side-effects of treatment such as fatigue, depression and heart damage.
Team up with local sports heroes, clubs and organisations, and create activities or events to bring greater awareness to the cancer cause (walk, bike ride, dance class, or a yoga event).
Local sports clubs can promote the day with in-stadium messaging, donate proceeds from ticket sales to CANSA or simply use the power of their networks by spreading the word on social media.
You can show your support by joining one of the following CANSA awareness events as part of World Day, 4 February 2018:
- Gijma for CANSA in Durban
- Gijima for CANSA in Pietermaritzburg
- Gijima for CANSA in Vaal Triangle (17 Feb)
- Lace Up for Cancer in Cape Town
- Once Step at a Time – Cancer Warrior Walk in Johannesburg
For more information, visit www.cansa.org.za
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