Cancer - The Basics

Find answers to first-step questions about cancer. Understand cancer's development, the variety of cancer classifications, prevalence and key signs and symptoms.


Google wisely!

While knowledge is strength when it comes to a cancer diagnosis, there's so much misinformation out there that it's hard to know what to believe. Your medical team will give you the facts as will reliable websites. Here are some of the best.


Early detection is key to curing childhood cancer

In honour of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke to Dr Gita Naidu, head of the paediatric oncology unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. A paediatric oncologist for 22 years, Dr Naidu has dedicated her life to fighting childhood cancer.


Most prevalent cancers in SA's adults - and how they're treated

Modern medicine and screening techniques ensure that today's cancer treatments have an ever-higher success rate, giving people with cancer a far better chance of survival. How are the most prevalent cancers amongst South African adults currently treated?


Which cancers affect children?

According to CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa) cancers in children tend to be different from those found in adults and usually occur in developing cells. We take a look at current national and international, common childhood statistics.


Understanding teenage cancer symptoms

Research shows that teenagers and young adult cancer patients often feel frustrated that their symptoms aren't taken seriously. Healthcare workers often don't think about cancer when they try to diagnose teenagers - because it can be unusual.


How is cancer classified? Oncology terminology explained

It's normal to feel overwhelmed by a cancer diagnosis, and trying to make sense of the bewildering terminology that accompanies it often confuses even more. We explain the most common terms to help you to understand what you're dealing with.


Cancer prevention - seven risk factors you should pay attention to

Cancer prevention refers to any action taken to lower your chances of getting cancer. Remember - it's your body and your life that you're taking steps to keep as healthy as possible. Here's what you need to know to do just this.


When cancer is not your only health concern

For most people over the age of 65, hearing that you have a serious illness is unfortunately nothing new. Your overall health plays a vital role in cancer, so make sure your health is fully assessed before you start


Cancer: the complex world of a life-changing illness

Cancer is a complex, life-changing illness affecting millions of people around the world. Being diagnosed is a devastating blow that signals the start of an extremely challenging journey and the best way to navigate it is to ensure you're well informed.

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