According to CANSA, lung cancer ranks as the number one cause of cancer deaths in South Africa with the smoking of tobacco the most important risk factor. Lung cancer occupies the position of third most common cancer in SA men with a lifetime risk of 1 in 82 and the 5th most common cancer in SA women who have a i lifetime risk of 1 in 191.
With more and more young people selling cigarettes in townships acorss the country, the department of health has called on the public to stop smoking as the number of lung cancer cases rise. Kids, especially boys, are prone to start smoking from as young as 12 and are soon unable to kick the habit. Research has found that lung cancer accounted for over 2.2 million news cases and 1 796 144 deaths worldwide in 2020. On a local front, lung cancer is one of the top five cancers in South Africa excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, ranking second behind prostate cancer based on the number of cases.
According to Globocan, the best way to prevent the disease is to not use tobacco products and avoid second-hand smoke. It’s estimated that the risk for lung cancer can be lowered in 90% of cases through action and awareness, which is why we have partnerships with organisations and stakeholders to help change attitudes at grassroots level.
CANSA has partnered with the University of Kwazulu-Natal in a bid to raise much needed awareness about lung cancer in several KZN communities with more talks continuing with other institution of higher learning.