Thanks to the funds raised by the more than 13 000 people who participated in the 2018 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) Care Centre in the Eastern Cape has purchased the province’s first portable FotoFinder mole analyser.
A record R500 000 was raised by the 2018 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, which was hosted in association with the Eastern Cape Department of Health and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
“This is a powerful new tool in the fight against cancer in the Eastern Cape. According to the World Health Organisation, one in every three cancers diagnosed globally is skin cancer,” says Gavin Kester, CANSA’s divisional manager for the Eastern Cape.
“South Africa has one of the highest monitored ultraviolet (UV) levels in the world, resulting in one of the highest skin cancer rates on the planet.”
“Skin cancer accounts for one-third of all cancers in South Africa and is the cause of about 300 deaths per annum,” he says.
“The department extends a word of gratitude to all the walkers who, through their participation, enabled CANSA care centre to buy equipment for screening,” says Lwandile Sicwetsha, Eastern Cape Health Spokesperson.
“As a department, we are proud to be associated with this project that will help save lives through early screening and detection. This will strengthen the fight against cancer.
“We hope that the purchasing of this much-needed technology will help CANSA reach more people for screening,” said Sicwetsha.
The portable mole analyser will be used