Media Invite : KZN Health MEC to unveil government's new approach to fight cancer : 10 November 2017

09 NOVEMBER 2017

Dear Member of the Media,

The KZN Department of Health cordially invites you to join KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo when he unveils the National Cervical Cancer Prevention Policy (NCCPP) and the Breast Cancer Prevention and Control Policy on Friday, 10 November 2017 at the Tongaat Town Hall, at eThekwini.

The exponential rise in preventable cancers such as cervical, breast, prostate and AIDS related malignancies have unfortunately cost the lives of many South Africans. According to the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), cancer is responsible for 7.6million deaths every year worldwide.

The World Health Organization projects that without immediate action, the global number of deaths from cancer will increase by nearly 80% by 2030, with most occurring in low-and middle income countries.

In response to the cancer epidemic, the National Department of Health has updated the policy for cervical and breast cancer. In support, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health will join forces with all stakeholders and community structures in the health sector - to make significant changes in the fight against cancer. This includes increasing cancer awareness, early screening, detection and treatment of the KZN community to prevent the rising mortality and morbidity from cancer.

The main objective of this new approach is to ensure that the people of KwaZulu-Natal can identify the early symptoms of cancer to prevent late presentation at hospital facilitates.

New testing and treatment procedures will be presented at the launch. The launch of the new policy will be preceded by a walk to create cancer awareness. The walk will start at the Tongaat Town Hall at 09h15. The formal programme for the launch will commence after the walk at 10h30.

Details of the event are as follows:

  • Date: 10 November 2017
  • Venue: Tongaat Community Town Hall
  • Address: 1 Sanele Nxumalo, Lane, Tongaat
  • Time: 10h30

There will be photo and interview opportunities.

For more information please contact Desmond Motha on 083 295 3901. Issued by the Corporate Communications: KZN Department of Health

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