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Prevention and screening is the best defence against cancer

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.

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Why screening is important

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.

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Prevention and Screening

types of cancer screenings

Find detailed information about our cancer screenings

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.  

Breast cancer

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...

Cervical cancer

A disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the cervix

Cervical cancer is nearly always caused by infection with human papillomavirus...

Colorectal cancer

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...

Prostate cancer

One of the most common types of cancer in men

Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate, a small walnut-shaped gland in men that...

Skin cancer

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..

Lung cancer

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...

Don’t be intimidated, just get yourself checked

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 in SA

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 self.

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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Further information

Contact the central customer service centre on

[email protected] or 0860 NETCARE (0860 638 2273)

Please note that the centre operates on weekdays between 08:00 and 16:00.