A lot can be done to reduce chances of getting cancer: researcher

A lot can be done to reduce people's chances of getting cancer, by focusing on the environmental risk factors of the disease.

This is according to Dr Melissa Wallace, Head of Research at the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), who spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo on 702.

The prognosis of different cancers differs considerably

Dr Melissa Wallace, Head of Research at the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa)

South Africans continue to celebrate the life and music of Mduduzi "Mandoza" Tshabalala, who died on Sunday after a year-long battle with cancer.

After concerns over Mandoza's health made the news last week, it was confirmed that the 38 year old Kwaito legend was receiving treatment at home for a brain tumour.

Dr Wallace says that there is a growing rate of non-communicable diseases in South Africa, most of which is lifestyle related.

She says this might be the reason why younger people get cancer.

If you look at the causes of cancer, they are largely environmental. Only about five to ten percent are hereditary

Dr Melissa Wallace, Head of Research at the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa)

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