Women Need To Be Vig­i­lant About Cancer

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Our women need to be vig­i­lant and they need to get self­ex­am­i­na­tion for any pos­si­ble early de­tec­tion and treat­ment re­quired. This was stated by the Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Rosy Ak­bar, dur­ing the Fiji Cancer So­ci­ety Pink­to­ber launch at Tanoa Plaza in Suva yes­ter­day. The Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices and Tanoa Group of Ho­tels each pre­sented a cheque of $10,000 to the Fiji Cancer So­ci­ety. Ms Ak­bar said: “By high­light­ing the im­por­tance of early screen­ing, self – breast ex­am­i­na­tions, and im­proved med­i­cal and sup­port ser­vices we can help save lives by de­tect­ing cancer in its early stages and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about how to pro­tect their health. “Your par­tic­i­pa­tion to this call of ac­tion in rais­ing aware­ness of breast cancer is cru­cial to the cause: know that your ef­forts will be mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of many. “We must recog­nise and take own­er­ship of the fact that many of the dis­eases that we face to­day re­sult from the choices we make and of­ten mak­ing the easy choices that leads to un­healthy life­styles, tak­ing for granted and treat­ing our one life lightly.”

She stated in 2015, the Min­istry re­ported that out of 200 lab­o­ra­tory di­ag­no­sis at CWM Hospi­tal, only about 50 women con­sent for the sur­gi­cal treat­ment. “We can help our women make the best choices for their health. The Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal ser­vices is al­ways com­mit­ted to pro­vide the best af­ford­able in­ter­ven­tions at the ear­li­est on­set or de­tec­tion of breast cancer so con­firm­ing the rea­sons for late pre­sen­ta­tions is critical. “Breast cancer is no longer a hid­den of is­sue of taboo as be­fore, it is through events like Pink­to­ber that peo­ple have come out to openly dis­cuss about it through fo­rums such as this. “Dur­ing this month we are pro­vided an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to highlight one of the most critical health is­sues im­pact­ing our women around the globe,” Ms Ak­bar said. Edited by Maraia Vula

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