Dec 10, 2013 Laurelle Williams

The South African Children’s Tumour Registry reports that childhood cancer is relatively rare, representing about 1% of cancers in the total population. In South Africa, one in 600 children are affected by cancer before the age of 16. The encouraging news is that if diagnosed early, 70-85% of children can be cured. “Childhood cancer is generally curable and progress towards curing it has been made in developed countries where the overall survival rate for some common malignant tumours is about 80%. Early detection can save lives. And knowing the early warning signs can save your child’s life,” says founder of…

Dec 10, 2013 Laurelle Williams

Experts say that men could benefit greatly by being alert to certain cancer symptoms. It only requires a trip to the doctor’s office sooner, rather than later. But when it comes to scheduling doctor visits, men are notorious foot-draggers. In fact, some men would never go to the doctor if it weren’t for the women in their lives. Linda Greeff, founder of People Living with Cancer and Cancer Buddies, comments that routine preventive care can diagnose cancer and other diseases in their early stages. When cancer is found early enough, there are more options for treatment. This means that there…

Dec 10, 2012 Laurelle Williams

What is an ovarian cyst? Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs or pockets that occur within, or on the surface of, the ovary. Women generally have two ovaries, one on either side of the uterus. Ovarian cysts can occur at any age but are most common from puberty to menopause. What is the most common type of cyst? Functional or follicle cysts are the most common, are not cancerous, and most go away by themselves within 8-12 weeks. They occur when an egg, growing and developing within in the ovary, fails to be released or “ovulated”. They mainly contain fluid but…