16 July 2015

Stellenbosch conference aims to tackle cancer in SA

The CANSA Research in Action Conference 2015 is taking place in Stellenbosch at the STIAS Wallenberg Research & Conference Centre from the 14th to 16th of July.


The CANSA Research in Action Conference 2015 aims to bring together the South African cancer research community to network about what is being achieved in cancer research and ways to reduce the impact of cancer.

The conference will be covering the current leading cancers in South Africa (breast, cervical and prostate) and will feature presentations on the study of the spread and control of cancer, early diagnosis of cancer, reducing cancer risk, basic molecular studies and cancer treatment.

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We asked the experts at the conference questions about their research, how they are helping the public and where cancer research is heading.

How does CANSA help the average person?

We provide education about cancer and ways to reduce the risk of cancer. As cancer remains a large health problem, one of the most cost effective long-term strategies for cancer control is to help reduce its risk through education and early detection.

We supply patient care and support in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients, one hospitium based in Polokwane, as well as CANSA-TLC lodging and support for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.

CANSA offers health awareness cancer screening and education campaigns, and 30 CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer.

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What makes products awarded with the CANSA Smart Choice Seal different?

CANSA awards the CANSA Smart Choice Seal (CSCS) to products that help reduce cancer risk. Consumers can influence the state of their health by living a balanced lifestyle and making smart choices, which can help to reduce the risk of cancer.

Image: Dr Melissa Wallace the Head of Research for CANSA holding a bottle of B-well Canola Oil and a bottle of Canola olive oil.  

What is CANSA hoping to achieve in the next 10 years?

We aim to fight cancer through research, education and support, reaching people with a health message that will reduce their risk for cancer: early detection leads to better treatment and recovery as well as a longer life. We also aim to provide better care and support for cancer sufferers, and we're lobbying for improved access to healthcare in underresourced communities.

Read more about how CANSA fights cancer in your community: Visit or contact CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email

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CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa. Its mission is to be the preferred non-profit organisation that enables research, educates the public and provides support to all people affected by cancer. Questions are answered by CANSA’s Head of Health Professor Michael Herbst and Head of Advocacy Magdalene Seguin. For more information, visit

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