October 1 marks the start of Cancer Awareness Month. In this month, public and private healthcare organisations raise awareness of the disease across all races and class structures.
According to the Department of Health, about 90% of patients survive for many years after being diagnosed if cancer is detected in the early stages.
CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson spoke to Dr Imraan Parker, an oncologist, about causes and treatment, prevention and the importance of early detection of cancer.
Listen to the full conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:
According to Parker, South Africa doesn’t have adequate cancer statistics but the National Laboratory Services is in a process of creating an up-to-date cancer registry.
Parker said breast cancer is becoming more common in South Africa among younger patients, some young as 30 years. Among the male patients, it has also been discovered that prostate cancer is prevalent among younger male patients.
We have no hard evidence why cancer numbers are increasing— Dr Imraan Parker, Oncologist