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14 February 2011 No Comment

The year 2011 promises to be an important year, not only for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), but also for the bigger global cancer community.

With World Cancer Day on 4 February 2011, CANSA showed its commitment to the fight by declaring that “Together we are stronger”.

With the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases taking place in September, member countries of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) will put the global cancer burden on the UN’s agenda by getting a million people to sign a declaration against cancer.

The World Cancer Declaration, launched in 2006 and revised in 2008, is a tool to help bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and health policymakers in order to significantly reduce the global cancer burden by 2020.

The Union is the leading non-governmental organisation dedicated exclusively to global cancer control and works to achieve 11 targets by 2020 including: significant drops in global tobacco consumption; universal vaccination programmes for hepatitis B and human papilloma virus and universal availability of effective pain medication.

CANSA took the lead in South Africa to launch the campaign on 4 February 2011, with the signing of the declaration by Sue Janse van Rensburg, CANSA CEO and cancer survivor of over 26 years.

“We are part of a global campaign,” continues Van Rensburg. “At a recent UICC congress in China in 2010, CANSA made a Bronze pledge to collect up to 500 signatures and we are calling on all South Africans to help us achieve the most possible signatures and change the lives of thousands.”

The World Cancer Declaration represents a consensus between government officials, public health experts and cancer advocates from around the world who are committed to eliminating cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations.

Demonstrate your commitment to the fight against cancer by signing today at www.cansa.org.za or download the form and fax to 086 512 8589 or visit your nearest CANSA office and sign the pledge.

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