Cancer deaths on the rise

Stats SA’s report into cancer trends between 2008 and 2018, which came out earlier this year shows that in the ten years under review breast cancer deaths increased by over 42%, and cervical cancer deaths increased by 50%. Salome Meyer of the cancer Alliance speaks to #eNCA. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Cancer is on the rise. Earlier this year, Stats SA released its report on cancer trends for the period spanning 2008 to 2018.

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It shows that in the 10 years reviewed, breast cancer deaths increased by over 42-percent while cervical cancer deaths increased by 50-percent.

Those are just two stats in a very alarming raft of information about the hold that cancer has on South Africa.

Salome Meyer from the Cancer Alliance says the handling and treatment of cancer is a big problem in the country. 

She said, "cancer deaths has been reported with that alarming increase...cancer deaths in South Africa would have increased....incidents reporting is not reporting the true incidents...looking at and record data quality....there's many problems with cancer management in South Africa......what we need to well are you managing your cancer in the country...we are not managing our cancer properly in this country.


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