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Cancer - Lung

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World Diabetes Day 2019

The Department of Health will join the world to commemorate World Diabetes Day on November 14.

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National EMS Day Launch 2019

The National Launch of EMS Day takes place on 17 October 2019 in Wentworth, Durban to recognise the important role of EMS in the attainment of universal health coverage within the country.

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Checka Impilo/Rotary Family Health Days mass health screening campaign

Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla and Limpopo provincial Health MEC Dr Popi Ramathuba will lead the community Tubatse Municipality during the Checka Impilo/Rotary health screening Campaign.

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Cheka Impilo Campaign

The Cheka Impilo campaign aims to accelerate screening and testing for HIV, tuberculosis (TB), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

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Healthy-Lifestyle Campaign

When people are physically and mentally healthy, they produce more; they learn better; they incur less healthcare related costs(to themselves and to government)and communities, families and individuals thrive(Strategic Plan 2013-2017).

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Invitation to become an Antibiotic Guardian!!!

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign aims to protect and conserve antibiotics for future generations in South Africa and improve knowledge about antibiotic resistance.

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National Health Insurance Bill, 2018

NHI is a health financing system that pools funds to provide access to quality health services for all South Africans based on their health needs and irrespective of their socio-economic status.

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Cancer - Lung


Lung cancer is cancer that comes from abnormal cells in the lungs.


The majority of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking or being around smokers. Ingredients in cigarette smoke cause damage to lung tissue. The damage can cause the cells in the lung to act abnormally, which can develop into cancer.

Signs & Symptoms

Different people have different symptoms for lung cancer. Some people do not have any symptoms at all. Lung cancer symptoms may include:

  • shortness of breath
  • coughing that does not go away
  • wheezing
  • coughing up blood
  • chest pain


  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid second hand smoke
  • Remove radon from your home and workplace


There are different ways of treating lung cancer. Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. People with lung cancer often get more than one kind of treatment.

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Aids Helpline
0800 012 322
Mental Health Information Line
0800 567 567
Children’s Cancer Helpline
0800 333 0555
National Health System Ethics Line
0800 20 14 144 14