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Posted by: C.E.Pienaar =27827735653 or mail: ppienaar@vodamai | 2020/03/11

Q.

Trying to acquire cancer stats

Trying to establish how many people die from cancer (all formats) per day or year in SA, but for some reason, this is not provided, yet world stats on this are freely available. I get distorted facts on the Internet for confirmed cancer deaths in South Africa. Mostly per cancer type and then on a % basis of the population, but fail to get one website, including Cansa, to just put reality on the market. WHO & other Internationally websites, claim about 10.8 m cancer deaths globally, but no figures/sats for SA available

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Cancer expert
- 2020/03/24

Dear Mr Pienaar.

Thank you for your question. Mortality statistics for all cancer causes in South Africa are really problematic to come by. South Africa is not very good at keeping statistics for cancer deaths. You make specific mention of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), as if you expect CANSA to be responsible for keeping record of the number of cancer deaths. CANSA is a non-profit organisation who has as its vision and mission: supporting cancer research, educating the public about cancer and providing support for all those individuals diagnosed with cancer as well as those affected by cancer.

There is only one body in South Africa that keeps record of the number of cancer diagnoses, namely the National Cancer Registry (NCR), however, cancer deaths are not included in the Registry. The latest statistics of cancer diagnoses for South Africa obtainable from the National Cancer Registry are those for 2014. It must be added that even those statistics are not complete as the only cases recorded in that Registry are those for cancer cases confirmed by means of a laboratory pathology report, which means that any other cancer diagnosis that is not confirmed by a pathology report is not included. The NCR is a pathology-based Registry. CANSA, has for a considerable period of time being advocating for a Population-based Registry where all diagnoses will be reflected.

The mere fact that adequate cancer mortality statistics (as well as cancer diagnoses) are not available, is a source of frustration for CANSA as, without complete and full cancer statistics, it is very difficult to plan for the future. (MCH).

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