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WIN with Sanlam Cancer Challenge in co-operation with Ernie Els

Join our Champion of Hope in our drive against cancer.

Show your support by participating in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge. Fight cancer with early detection by completing our Cancer Risk Assessment.

This competition is closed.

One lucky participant will win the Ernie Els experience!

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.

Challenge yourself on the course, test yourself off it.

Complete our Cancer Risk Assessment.

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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:

  • Within two hours of stopping there will be no nicotine in your blood stream.
  • Within six hours, your heartbeat will slow down and you’ll be less short of breath.
  • Within two days you’ll start to feel and smell better.
  • Within days, accumulated phlegm will loosen in your lungs and you’ll cough it up.
  • You’ll be less short of breath, you’ll have more energy, and your teeth will be whiter.
  • Blood components, and the cell lining in your lungs, will return to normal.
  • Within two months your blood-to-limbs circulation will improve.
  • Within five years your risk of getting lung cancer will be halved.
  • You will smell fresher, your taste buds will come alive, and your sense of smell will return.

There is no ‘safe’ amount of smoking. CANSA offers free assistance with its eKick Butt programme to help you quit smoking. Sign up at:

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:

  • Age (rapid risk increase after 50), poor diet (a lot of red meat, high fat intake and high alcohol consumption), lack of exercise and family history.
  • CANSA recommends that from age 40–45, all men who have a family history of prostate cancer go for an annual PSA test. All other men should go annually from age 50.
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 39.
  • Do a thorough testicle self-exam every month for roughly 10 minutes.

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..

  • Establish an intimate relationship with your body and know it very well. This will help you promptly pick up any unusual or unfamiliar developments.
  • Remember, it’s very important to get any health condition diagnosed at an early stage. Many diseases are managed with great success if diagnosed and treated early. Do not sit back and hope ailments will go away, some won’t, and by the time you seek assistance, it might be too late for effective intervention.
  • Always ask any health-related questions and/or seek clarity when you don’t know or understand. This is the only way you’ll get to know about health conditions.
  • Reading about health conditions and healthy living in general, is the best way to broaden your health knowledge.
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