Profmed’s Justine Lacy chatted to Power FM’s Noluthando Mthonti-Mlambo on World Cancer Day highlighting the importance of early detection
A Call to Action on World Cancer Day
Cancer, with an alarming 10 million new cases emerging annually, remains a formidable global threat, standing as a leading cause of mortality. Beyond the profound human toll it exacts, the financial burden it places is staggering, marking it as one of the most expensive diseases to treat.
This World Cancer Day (4 February 2024) the focus is on closing the cancer care gap, working towards a future where all people have access to quality cancer care. Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, the treatment, and even the specific hospital or clinic visited can considerably change the cost of treatment.
According to Profmed research, the cost of cancer treatment in South Africa ranges from R10,000 to R450,000 per year. These estimates exclude the price of prescription drugs and other associated costs.
Justine Lacy, Clinical Executive at Profmed says, “Cancer is a life-threatening disease, but it can be successfully treated if detected early. Start taking care of your health and test regularly at your local clinic or doctors’ rooms. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or how healthy you feel, cancer can strike at any time. The earlier you catch it, the easier, and cheaper, it will likely be to treat.”