March 2024 is Colorectal Awareness Month

Colorectal or colon cancer is among the top three cancers for both men and women in South Africa with 1 in 77 males and 1 in 132 females diagnosed according to the National Cancer Register (2019).


Remember that early detection is key. Regular screenings can help identify colorectal cancer at an early stage when treatment is most effective. If you have any concerns or questions, reach out to your healthcare provider or a local cancer support organization.

Welcome to the South African Oncology Social Workers Forum

Join us and you will become part of a dedicated group of social workers who aim to improve the psycho-social care of people living with cancer. We work in a range of settings, from state funded facilities, private oncology practices, palliative care environments and with members who are affiliated with the medical social work field.

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage excellence in the psychosocial care of people with cancer as well as their families and caregivers by promoting advocacy, ongoing education, professional networking and resource development.

And Improve

the psychosocial care and support of people living with cancer, their caregivers, families and communities.

And Promote

the quality of our offering by enhancing education, networking, research and resource development in social work.

join and enjoy members only benefits


Why join

Membership of the SAOSWF will give you:

  • access to a support network of experienced social workers in oncology,
  • oncology-specific CPD training opportunities,
  • a platform to share your knowledge and skill in oncology social work with others.

How to join

A membership fee of R375 per member per year is payable.

Invoices will be sent to all social workers who have completed and submitted the forms.

Application Form