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Traditional healers and cancer prevention

M Steyn, A Muller
Curationis | Vol 23, No 3 | a675 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v23i3.675 | © 2000 M Steyn, A Muller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2000 | Published: 27 September 2000

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M Steyn, Human sciences research council, South Africa
A Muller, Technikon Witwatersrand (previously human sciences research council), South Africa

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The increase in the incidence of cancer in South Africa necessitates the expansion of preventative efforts. This study shows that traditional healers in Atteridgeville are consulted by a range of people in their communities, have a basic knowledge of cancer, provide health education to their patients and are willing to participate in cancer preventative strategies. They are therefore ideally suited to augment the services of westernized health care workers. The issue of professionalization is explored and a procedure is suggested whereby the training of traditional healers can be enhanced so as to facilitate their professionalization and their collaboration with other health care workers in the prevention of cancer.


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