Show your support by participating in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge. Fight cancer with early detection by completing our Cancer Risk Assessment.
Prize: The highlight of the 2-day event is a game of golf at the top-ranked, Ernie Els designed golf course, Oubaai Golf Club, near George. A tour of the Ernie Els Winery outside Stellenbosch followed by a light lunch at the Winery. An evening dinner at the Big Easy Restaurant in Stellenbosch.
All transfers, accommodation and meals are taken care of.
Terms and conditions apply. The winner will be announced on the 20th of October 2015.
Commit to fighting cancer by living a balanced lifestyle to reduce and lower your cancer risk.
It’s a fact of life that health declines with age. Start living a healthy lifestyle early, before any major disease hits you.
Smoking is a major health risk. All forms of tobacco are harmful. The more you smoke, the more susceptible you are to getting diseases, specifically cancer, cardiovascular, and lung diseases. Over 44 000 South Africans die from tobacco-related diseases annually, and many more become ill from using tobacco products and inhaling second-hand smoke.
The benefits of quitting smoking:
There is no ‘safe’ amount of smoking. CANSA offers free assistance with its eKick Butt programme to help you quit smoking. Sign up at: www.ekickbutt.org.za
It is recommended that people who are considered obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30) or overweight (BMI of 25 to 29, 9) lose weight. Even a small weight loss (between five and 10 percent of their current weight) will help lower the risk of developing cancer, and other diseases associated with obesity.
Eat at least two to three portions of fresh fruit daily. Choose a variety containing essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre, which could help protect you from chronic diseases and could make weight control easier.
Eat at least three servings of vegetables daily, with at least one being a dark green or orange vegetable.
Avoid fatty food. Choose low trans-fat margarines and oils. Canola oils and margarines have the CANSA Seal of Recognition as a Smart Choice. Limit your intake of fatty meat and rather eat more fish, beans, lentils and soya products. Prepare your food by steaming or baking. Cut down on frying and braaing. Never re-use cooking oil.
Restrict salt intake and substitute with fresh herbs and spices. Avoid food that is salty and/or processed.
Alcohol and tobacco are linked to an increased risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, oesophagus, liver, breast, prostate, colon and rectum. Limit your alcohol intake to one drink a day or abstain completely.
Expressing your feelings can assist you in seeing you’re not alone in how you feel. It’s helpful to talk to someone to get perspective. If you need to, seek professional support and guidance.
There is growing evidence that engaging in physical activity may reduce cancer risk. Exercise should be performed over and above daily routine activities. Adults should participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week, or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise at least three times a week.
Sleeping less than seven hours a day increases your overall cancer risk.
People who are not sexually active, or who are in a mutually monogamous relationship, are at the lowest risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Using a latex condom correctly every time you have sex, will significantly reduce your risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease, protecting you from viruses that can cause cervical cancer.
Having regular Pap smears and breast examinations could save your life. Do your breast self-examination every month, seven to 10 days after your period. From the age of 25, go for a Pap smear every three years, or as advised by your medical practitioner.
Factors that increase the risk of developing prostate cancer:
Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10:00 and 15:00, when solar rays are most dangerous. Cover exposed skin with a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen that has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) minimum of 20. Re-apply regularly.
A family history of certain cancers, especially breast, ovarian, colorectal, and prostate, can increase the risk of developing these cancers. If you’re identified as being at increased risk based on your family history, it’s vital that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and have regular cancer screening tests..