The purpose and mission of Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), as a non-profit leader in cancer support is to “enable research with regards to lowering cancer risk, educating the public regarding symptoms and risk reduction, and providing care and support to all people affected by cancer,” in a unique integrated way.
As a leading role-player incancer research, their findings are used to realign their Health Programme and strengthen their Watchdog Role to better benefit the public.
CANSA’s Advocacy team in their Watchdog Role, influence South African policy makers regarding cancer control issues, create public awareness of cancer-causing factors and importantly offer a voice for those with cancer in protection of their right to healthcare.
CANSA’s Health Programme covers health education campaigns to grow awareness about cancer, cancer symptoms and the “importance of screening and lowering cancer risk”. Reaching out of the urban area into the rural settings they take their Mobile Health Clinics with these messages to South Africans who would otherwise have no access to this health support.
The impact of cancer drives itself deep into an individual’s psyche and creates needs that CANSA Care Centres address with “care and support services” to those affected like “stoma support, wigs, prostheses, assistive devices and medical equipment hire, wound care, lymphoedema management and other clinical support, including counselling, support groups and home-based care”.
They too support patients through “12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients undergoing treatment and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment”.
This is an overview of the incredible work that CANSA does to support South Africans. And the reason that Fit4Good is supporting CANSA in our events this May as we cycle and run for someone else’s health!
Fit4Good #1: Saturday, 4th May 2019 | Planet Fitness Plattekloof, Cape Town
Fit4Good #2: Saturday, 11th May 2019 | Planet Fitness Wanderers, Johannesburg
Support CANSA supporting South Africans by signing up a team to either cycle or run at a participating Planet Fitness Gym via our easy online registration and payment process.