Cancer Facts

 

LUNG CANCER

Lung cancer remains a growing health problem in both sexes.  Although males far exceed females the long term effects of smoking will result in an increasing incidence of lung cancer in females for many years to come.  It will be decades before recent anti-smoking and legislation reduce these figures.

SKIN CANCER

The most common cancer in South Africa is skin cancer.  Made up of basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and malignant melanoma with about 20 000 new cases reported each year.  South Africa has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia.  Over 700 South Africans die each year from skin cancer with the majority of these cases being malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

FAST FACTS

  • Cancer is a life threatening disease that affects everyone : men, women, young and old, rich and poor
  • Worldwide cancer kills more people than AIDS, malaria and TB combined and the death toll is set to rise dramatically in the coming decades
  • Two-thirds of cancer related deaths occur in countries where resources available for cancer control are limited or non-existent
  • Without significant improvement over 17 million people are projected to succumb from this disease by 2030
  • Many cancers can be cured if detected early and treated appropriately
  • Many cancers can be prevented – this includes not smoking, eating whole grain and low fat foods, drinking lots of safe clean water, getting plenty of exercise and watching your weight.
  • Research shows that eating five portions of fruits and vegetables reduces your risk of cancer and many other lifestyle related diseases
  • Research shows that up to 90% of cancers are caused by environmental factors
  • One in 4 South Africans are affected by cancer
  • One in 8 women and one in 6 men is at risk of being diagnosed with cancer

"THE BEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE WEAPON AGAINST CANCER IS KNOWLEDGE IN TERMS OF RISK REDUCTION, PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION"

CANCER AWARENESS RIBBON COLURS

YELLOW - BONE CANCER/ OSTEOSARCOMA

BLUE - COLON CANCER

SKY BLUE - PROSTATE

JADE - LIVER CANCER

 LILAC - ALL CANCERS

ORANGE - LEUKEMIA

GRAY - BRAIN CANCER

BLACK - MELANOMA

PINK - BREAST CANCER

GREEN - KIDNEY CANCER/RENAL CELL CARCINOMA

TEAL - GYNECOLIGICAL CANCER

GOLD - CHILDHOOD CANCER

The colour WHITE represents HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA 

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