Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is a community-driven and volunteer-based organisation that has been fighting cancer for the past 80 years. Started in 1931 by a group of medical professional concerned about the high incidence of cancer, CANSA has grown to become one of the leading cancer NGOs in the South Africa with 45 offices around the country and more than 12 000 volunteers and 260 staff members.
CANSA purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa.
Funds raised by the Movember community are enabling CANSA to develop a number of key programmes that are making a real difference to the lives of men and their families affected by prostate and testicular cancer. This is significant, when you consider one man in this country dies of prostate cancer every 4 hours, of every day, more than 2,500 every year. All cancer diagnoses are life-changing. Prostate cancer is complicated as men do not always display symptoms and can be faced with a complex range of treatment options. This means that clear information is critical.
The specific objectives of the Movember campaign in partnership with CANSA are:
- To raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
- To motivate men to take action and encouraging them to know their own bodies and be aware of any changes or warning signs. Furthermore, to encourage men over the age of 50 years to go for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests.
- To motivate men to improve their lifestyles by getting active and choosing a healthier diet for themselves and their families.
- To empower men with knowledge which can change their lives drastically if they are aware of early warning signs of male cancers. It is important to remember that the earlier cancer is detected and treated, the better the outcome.
Thanks to the efforts of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, CANSA will be able to give more people more support and lead the fight against prostate and testicular cancer on every front - through research, support, information and campaigning.