December 1, 2017 Editor
Dr Nirasha Chiranjan explains why pancreatic cancer is renowned for being one of the most lethal cancers. Pancreatic cancer has been in the spotlight due to the passing of celebrities, like Patrick Swayze, Steve Jobs, Alan Rickman and Luciano Pavarotti, who all succumbed to this illness. Renowned for being one of the most lethal cancers, it is a leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Despite improvements in the survival rates of most other cancers, pancreatic cancer survival rates remain relatively unchanged. Risk factors The lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is 1 in 671. It can occur at all…

December 1, 2017 Editor
Evidence suggests the variation in cancer rates in different parts of the world may be due, in part, to the dietary differences between populations. Jean Mills looks at the foods that increase and decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Most research on diet and prostate cancer has looked at how diet affects the risk of developing prostate cancer10. These dietary factors may affect the progression of the disease and/or treatment. Research on prostate cancer after diagnosis is still at an early stage but suggests that being a healthy weight, regular exercise, reducing saturated fat, eating tomato-based food and other…

September 28, 2017 Editor
Did you know that exercise lowers the risk of prostate cancer. Avinesh Pursad tells us more. Prostate cancer is a carcinoma of the prostate gland, found in the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed within the South African male population and, in fact, is the second most common cancer diagnosed in the worldwide male population1,6,9. Risk factors of prostate cancer Worryingly, recent research shows  that the incidence of prostate cancer continues to rise in many countries1. It is therefore imperative to know the potential risk factors. Weight: A body mass index (BMI) of <30 is…

September 28, 2017 Editor
Many specialists and cancer advocates are sounding the alarm over a rise in head and neck cancers, such as cancers of the throat or oropharynx, transmitted by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that is possibly linked to oral sexual habits. Are you at risk? Lack of awareness These symptoms (in red block below) are some of the early warning signs of head and neck cancers, including cancers of the mouth, lips, throat, larynx (voice box), nose, and salivary glands. Professor Jos Hille, an oral, head and neck pathologist at the National Health Laboratory Service (Tygerberg) and honorary secretary of the…

September 28, 2017 Editor
Dr Yossi Unterslak offers ways to preserve fertility before cancer treatment. Damaged caused Chemotherapies and radiation therapies can damage women’s ovaries and induce premature menopause, significantly harming fertility. Cancer patients who are set to undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy need to consider preserving their fertility. Options are available to secure patients’ future families, but this requires immediate action after diagnosis. The entire fertility preservation process can be completed before patients start therapy; in the time they’re waiting for medical aids to authorise treatment and while they finish off work. Freezing of eggs For single women, who don’t have partners, egg…

September 28, 2017 Editor
Lesedi Sekgololo tells us how Reach For A Dream Foundation made her dream of meeting celebrity chef, Siba, come true. Lesedi Sekgololo (15) stays in Lonehill, Gauteng with her mother, Victoria, and her two younger sisters. She also has an older brother and her father is based abroad. Misdiagnosed After numerous doctors’ appointments and even more misdiagnoses – stomach bug,       urinary tract infection, appendicitis, constipation, iron deficiency – with a doctor even asking Lesedi if she was anorexic, it was discovered that there was a mass growing between her right kidney and bladder. Seven months later…

September 28, 2017 Editor
Not only did Ismail-Ian William Fife survive prostate cancer but also breast cancer. We hear how his battles birthed Can-Sir, a men’s cancer group, that has helped a substantial amount of men. Ismail-Ian William Fife (53) lives in De La Haye Avenue, Kenwyn, Cape Town with his wife, Bianca, and her 10-year-old twins, James and Jordan, and the family dog, Daisy. He has two adult sons from his first marriage. Prostate cancer At 40, Ismail-Ian was diagnosed with Stage 2B prostate cancer in 2004; a year and five months after his initial symptom – blood in urine – was detected…