The Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and the MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo have launched the National Cancer Campaign in Pietermaritzburg today as part of the government`s plans to accelerate access to health services, particularly cancer treatment.

In its campaign announcement, the Department of Health acknowledges that cancer is a growing national health and socio-economic concern in South Africa, and the campaign is in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement in his State of the Nation Address this year that a “huge cancer campaign similar to the HIV counselling and testing campaign” would be launched this financial year.

Objectives of the campaign include among others; creating awareness and educating the general public, patients, families, healthcare workers, etc. about various types of cancers together with risk factors, prevention methods, treatment services available and support during survivorship.

The Campaign will be implemented in a phased approach with an emphasis on early detection.

*Further details available from popo.maja@health.gov.za