Why is cancer not a priority in South Africa?

Daniela Cristina Stefan


Cancer is in the second position on the list of causes of death in South Africa after adding all cancers together. It is expected that cancer will lead the list in the near future. A co-ordinated effort, including a fully functional National Cancer Registry, a National Cancer Control Plan and a new cancer research approach, is required in order to reduce the burden of cancer.

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Daniela Cristina Stefan, Vice-President, South African Medical Research Council; Visiting Senior Research Associate in the Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Oxford University, UK

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Cancer priority, South Africa, National Cancer Registry, National Cancer Control Plan

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(2):103-104. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9301

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Date submitted: 2014-12-17
Date published: 2015-01-05

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