Cancer Reality Check!!
Every year 12 million people world-wide hear the words: “You have Cancer”.
• 90% of cancers are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors such as smoking,
• More than 100,000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer every year,
• South African cancer survival rate is 6/10,
• One of 4 South Africans are affected by cancer through diagnosis of family, friend or self.
Top 5 cancers among SA Men: – Prostate, Origin Unknown, Lung, Colo-rectal and Oesophageal/Throat.
Top 5 cancers among SA Women: – Breast, Cervical, Origin unknown, Colo-rectal and Uterine/Womb.
Globally cancer kills more people than TB, AIDS and Malaria combined.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is a community-driven and volunteer-based organization that has been fighting cancer for over 80 years. Since its beginning in 1931, CANSA has been relying on the unselfish dedication and commitment of ordinary South Africans who have an extraordinary impact on those whose lives have been touched by cancer. For over 80 years, CANSA volunteers have helped spread awareness and raise funds for the comprehensive service that are provided to the public and all people affected by cancer.
CANSA needs more volunteers to support the work done in fighting cancer. The more than 5,000 trained volunteers are foot soldiers in the fight against cancer and carry out invaluable work in areas in need. Without volunteers, CANSA would not be able to provide holistic care and support to those affected by cancer.
Every single volunteer is a pillar of strength and a lifeline to those in desperate need of one of the most important things when embarking on the journey – hope. Oscar Wilde said: “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”.
Make a difference right now and visit the CANSA website to sign up as a volunteer. CANSA will provide all the information and training needed for volunteers to turn your good intentions into tangible, loving care and support to help change the lives of cancer survivors.
CANSA will ask about your interests and your strengths and where you see yourself fitting in with CANSA, for example in patient care, fundraising, marketing, administration or training.