Cancer is not a single disease but a group of related diseases. Many things in our genes, our lifestyle, and the environment around us may increase or decrease our risk of getting cancer.
Cancer screening tests aim to find cancer early, before it causes symptoms and when it may be easier to treat successfully. Take an active role in your cancer care by asking questions and using resources available.
The risk of developing some cancers can be lowered by avoiding certain risk factors. But not all cancers are preventable. If you're interested in preventing cancer, take comfort in the fact that some simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference.
Some common screening tests that are performed may include some of the following. This is not an exhaustive list,
your doctor may discuss other screenings with you that may be relevant to you.
The cancer that affects women in South Africa the most
Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts and can occur in...
A disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the cervix
Cervical cancer is nearly always caused by infection with human papillomavirus...
A disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the colon
Signs of colon cancer include blood in the stool or a change in bowel habits...
One of the most common types of cancer in men
Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate, a small walnut-shaped gland in men that...
A disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the skin
Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most common in skin that..
Cancer that begins in the lungs
People who smoke are at a greater risk of getting lung cancer, though lung cancer can also occur in people who...
It is important to remember that when your doctor suggests a screening test, it does not always mean he or she thinks you have cancer.
Cancer is one of the major killers throughout both the developed and developing world, including South
Africa. Cancer affects one in four South Africans, through diagnosis of family, friends, colleagues or
We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones,
regardless of how cancer has touched your life.
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