by Sasja la Grange

Cancer recieves TLC

Bestmed Donates Golf Day Proceeds to Tough Living with Cancer (TLC)

Children with cancer gets TLC
Between 800 and 1500 children are diagnosed with cancer

According to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), currently between 800 and 1500 children are diagnosed with cancer annually. Most South African children, regardless of ethnicity, are affected by Leukemia (blood cancer). In black South African children, Retino Blastoma (cancer of the eye) is the second most prevalent cancer and in white South African children, various types of brain tumours are the second most prevalent cancer.

It was for this reason that the association established the Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme that focuses on awareness of childhood cancers and early detection. This programme is aimed at children and teens diagnosed with cancer or affected by cancer (a family member has cancer), where support is provided to the family as a whole in both scenarios.

It is estimated that at least half of all children with cancer in South Africa are never diagnosed. This is due to a lack of knowledge regarding the disease amongst children and as a result many children are diagnosed too late, when the cancer is already in an advanced stage, thus diminishing the possibility of successful treatment. Ironically, up to 77% of childhood cancers may be cured if detected early enough.

CANSA’s CEO, Sue Janse van Rensburg commented: “We recently signed a partnership agreement with Bestmed to take health education to the people and we used this opportunity at their Annual Golf Day to not only launch our partnership, but to recommend a programme that would be beneficiaries of the proceeds raised at this event.

“We thank Bestmed and all the companies for their generous pledges and donations. By joining hands, we can make things happen. The incidents of cancer are growing at an alarming rate and we cannot win this battle alone. Our TLC programme is dedicated to providing tangible love, care and support to children and families affected by cancer, and the donations we received will make a huge difference. We not only need financial assistance, but also resources, which means people, commitment and time.”

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