The Cancer Association of South Africa (C)ANSA) is very excited and pleased to be partnering with Hollard’s Daredevil Run. It gives us the opportunity to share an important health message aimed at men and assisted in raising much-needed awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. South African men have a 1 in 27 risk for prostate cancer – it’s the leading cancer amongst men so fun events like Daredevil give a platform for us to share valuable educational information and encourage men to go for regular screening that may save a life. Early detection is key and allows for better treatment options. It’s a fun and active way for men to be engaged and do something and show their visual support for others that are being affected by prostate and testicular cancer. It’s a short 5km run, yet dedicated to men to do something active and ‘daring’ and still share and gather support for a real cause – so a great way to get men involved and educated. Many young men take part and this allows CANSA to share valuable info regarding how to do to self-examinations to reduce the risk of testicular cancer.
CANSA offers health awareness materials and screening information at CANSA Care Centres countrywide. We urge all men to get informed about cancer, especially prostate and testicular cancer. Know the symptoms of these cancers and learn ways to lower your cancer risk.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation is pleased to be a partner of the Hollard Daredevil run for the first time in 2017. A fun event that attracts large groups of men provides the ideal platform to increase awareness about prostate cancer. We want to empower men through awareness and education to minimise the impact of prostate cancer in South Africa.
There are generally no symptoms of prostate cancer in the early stages which is why it is so important for men to understand what screening options are available for early detection. The Prostate Cancer Foundation together with other professional societies has drawn up recommended diagnostic and screening guidelines for prostate cancer to guide men and healthcare professionals.
The guidelines recommend that men discuss screening with a healthcare professional. Screening is ideally done using a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test and a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE).
– From the age of 40 in black African patients and those with a positive family history of prostate and/or breast cancer in a first-degree relative.
– From the age of 45 years in all other males.
– Additionally, patients with a history of lower urinary tract symptoms and/or clinical suspicion of prostate cancer regardless of age group should have their PSA tested.
The need for regular screening will depend on the PSA score and DRE result.
For more information visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation here.
Thank-you Hollard for including Community Hours in the 2017 Daredevil Run, we are delighted to be part of the run with a difference that makes a difference. Encouraging teens to be brave enough to go the distance and to receive education on prostate and testicular cancer enables us to raise a generation of men that are aware and informed. We are also really excited that teens participating have the opportunity to Back a Bro and invite an inner-city teen athlete to participate with them, not only is this a fantastic platform to encourage social cohesion, but what better way to meet new friends and to ensure that the message to beat cancer and save lives is far-reaching. Using social media as an amplifier, teens are important influencers and messengers, their reach is vast and by harnessing their networks the power of collective action will inspire positive change. The Daredevil Run is about good health and fitness, Community Hours is about volunteering – which feeds the soul. It takes heart, soul and the balls to be the change.
Community Hours SA is a community based online portal that facilitates and manages community service hours for teens, parents, teachers, schools, active citizens and accredited non-profit organisations. We offer out of the box volunteering opportunities to truly engage teens and to encourage sustainable volunteering and active citizenship.
The core of our program is to match teens with volunteering opportunities. Via our web portal, teens can search, select and book to volunteer at organisations which speak to them. Community Hours does the rest – we manage the booking, verify the hours, provide data to parents and teachers, and provide the learners with a digital recording and reporting mechanism. Teens that are registered with us can log all of their hours online and print certificates detailing the hours that they volunteered.