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THE MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION CENTRE

Did you know that about one in five South Africans suffer from a mental disorder severe enough to affect their lives significantly? Roughly 25% of all general practitioners' patients are ill due to psychiatric rather than general medical conditions. Nearly 20% of high school students a year think about fatally harming themselves. Nevertheless, thousands of South Africans would rather die than admit that they suffer from some sort of mental illness.

Key Jigsaw Piece in Cancer Discovered

Scientists have discovered a crucial piece in the cancer jigsaw, identifying one key enzyme responsible for allowing cancer to spread, according to a study published in Cancer Cell. Cancer metastasis, the spreading of cancer from its original location, is responsible for 90 per cent of cancer related deaths. Lead researcher Dr Janine Erler from The Institute of Cancer Research has discovered that the LOX enzyme is crucial in promoting metastasis and says:

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