10 May 2011

South Africa's growing cancer burden in spotlight

Government leaders, cancer advocates and survivors are meeting in Cape Town this week to discuss South Africa's growing cancer burden and to urge a national call to action.

Cancer is a non-communicable disease which can be defeated through early detection and appropriate cancer management. But how many people can afford the treatment, especially if certain hospitals don’t necessarily have the required amenities to treat this killer disease?

The main objective of this forum is to create and support a comprehensive, survivor-informed national call to action, which organisations and individuals are able to implement in order to place cancer as a priority on national and international health agendas.


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