Smoking in South Africa has decreased substantially over the past two decades, particularly among the young and the poor – and research shows that this is largely thanks to sharp hikes in excise taxes, which have pushed up the price of the average pack of cigarettes.
In the 1970s the global burden of disease changed and RHD all but disappeared in the global north, however it continues to kill hundreds of thousands in the developing world.
South African universities, including UCT, have received significant awards – a total of US$8-million in the first year – to support research targeting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and HIV-related disorders and cancers.
World Cancer Day is a unique opportunity to raise awareness that there is much that can be done at an individual, community and governmental level, to address the burden of cancer. The theme for the 2015 World Cancer Day “Not Beyond Us” points to the fact that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach.