SA mourns the loss of comrade Yasmin ‘Jessie’ Duarte

The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Yasmin ‘Jessie’ Duarte, passed away early this morning. She was 68. Duarte battled cancer and had been on medical leave since November last year. She will be buried according to Muslim rites in Johannesburg later today. The party has expressed its heartfelt condolences to Duarte’s[…]

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Little warrior, Ali Kamaldien ends cancer treatment

By: Aneeqa du Plessis Emotions were overflowing in the Oncology Centre at Rondebosch Medical Centre Private Hospital (RMCPH) where Ali Kamaldien, 7, celebrated the end of his cancer treatment after three grueling years yesterday. Little Ali was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) days after his 4th birthday. Leukemias, which[…]

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Afghans struggle to cope with cancer

Mohammed Sohail was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia, a type of cancer that starts in blood-forming cells of the bone marrow, in 2010. He recalls the doctor at a private clinic in Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul telling him there was no treatment available for him in the country. At 16,[…]

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Scientists develop new kind of photon beam which may be secret weapon against cancer

Scientists have made a major breakthrough using non-toxic silicon nanocrystals to create higher-energy light which could create the next generation of high-tech cancer treatments. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside and the University of Texas at Austin believe they have discovered the Holy Grail of materials science which allows them[…]

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PHD 2019: Hope anchoring the soul

By Shakira Thebus The month of October is globally recognized and dedicated to creating awareness on breast cancer, and as part of VOC’s initiative to amplify the awareness, it hosts its Pink Hijab Day annually. Every year, the event saw hundreds of mostly women, gather at the much loved Masjidul[…]

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Western Cape radioactive hotspots

A recent report by the National Nuclear Regulator has raised concerns regarding possible hotspot areas that could expose residents to radioactive gases and two of them are in the Western Cape. When radium or uranium is broken down into soils, rocks or groundwater, it produces a radioactive gas called “radon”.[…]

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