Myth Busting: Is Cancer Contagious?

A contagious disease (also known as a communicable disease) is one that spreads from person to person, either through physical contact or through particles that travel through the air and are inhaled. Flu, chickenpox, measles, and hepatitis A are examples from a very long list of contagious diseases that cancer is not on!  How Cancer… Continue reading Myth Busting: Is Cancer Contagious?

Physical Effects of Cancer and Cancer Treatment

Every cancer is different, and every individual will experience the physical effects of cancer in a different way. However, it’s essential to have an understanding of the symptoms most commonly associated with the disease so that you can seek medical help as quickly as possible. Early detection of cancer is linked to a far more… Continue reading Physical Effects of Cancer and Cancer Treatment

It’s the Season for Quitting!

“Give immediate relief in cases of asthma.” “Your throat protection against irritation.” “A health cigar.” These are real slogans from real cigarette adverts from the early 1900s. Thankfully, long gone are the days when cigarettes were endorsed by actors, sportsmen, and even medical professionals.  How Smoking Harms In 2001, South Africa placed a total ban… Continue reading It’s the Season for Quitting!

Myth Busting: Women With Small Boobs Don’t Get Breast Cancer

At some point in your life, you’ve probably been told that cell phones cause cancer, that cancer is contagious, or that your hair doesn’t grow back after chemotherapy. The good news is that none of this is true. However, the bad news (for some of you) is that if anybody has ever told you that… Continue reading Myth Busting: Women With Small Boobs Don’t Get Breast Cancer

The mRNA Vaccine for Cancer

As the mask-free months tick on, the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine is no longer making itself a headliner in the majority of conversations. There’s no doubt that this vaccine caused a huge amount of controversy, but despite the numerous articles that have made claims about it impacting fertility and altering DNA, none of them have held… Continue reading The mRNA Vaccine for Cancer

Summer is coming!

Summer is coming! In the Southern Hemisphere, the days are getting longer and warmer, and the collective mood is rising. The last thing we want to do is be a dampener on that mood, but we care about you, so we just want to remind you to look after your skin (every day, but especially… Continue reading Summer is coming!

Reasons to Run (or swim, or walk, or cycle!)

Even though burning legs and burning lungs feel like torture, the subsequent endorphin rush is well worth it. Not to mention that by incorporating just half an hour of exercise a day into your routine, you are reducing your risk of getting 13 different types of cancer (including cancer of he colon, breast, liver, and… Continue reading Reasons to Run (or swim, or walk, or cycle!)

Enhanced Recovery After [Cancer] Surgery

Have you heard of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)? It’s a term that describes a multimodal, multidisciplinary approach to perioperative patient treatment that has been slowly gaining traction since its conceptualization in 1997. Research around the effectiveness of ERAS has shown vast short-term (the jury is still out on the long-term) improvements in clinical outcomes and… Continue reading Enhanced Recovery After [Cancer] Surgery

Impact of Cancer on Mental Health

Our mental health is as important as our physical health, and cancer can have a detrimental impact on both. Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, have had the disease for many years, or are in remission, it is worth taking stock of your mental health regularly. If something feels off, there is no… Continue reading Impact of Cancer on Mental Health

Cancer in South Africa

9.6 million people die from cancer every year, making it the second leading cause of death globally. Research conducted in 2020 showed that out of 54 African countries, South Africa ranked third highest for new cases (at close to 110,000) and in the top 3 for deaths (at over 56,000). The graph below shows the… Continue reading Cancer in South Africa