Min­is­ter Calls for Early De­tec­tion to Pre­vent Prostate Can­cer

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Acall has been made for Fi­jian men to seek early med­i­cal check to de­tect and treat the prostate can­cer. This mes­sage was re­it­er­ated at the “Balls and Beard Rugby Tour­na­ment” or­gan­ised on Satur­day by the Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club at the Sa­cred Heart School ground in Suva. The Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Rosy Ak­bar, em­pha­sised on the need for in­creased aware­ness to en­cour­age early de­tec­tion.

“The call to ac­tion for prostate can­cer is ur­gent as the rea­sons are ob­vi­ous. It is the lead­ing can­cer among Fi­jian men, and like breast can­cer, it has been in­creas­ing over the last five years.

“It must be taken se­ri­ously as can­cer is a threat to the liveli­hoods of our men, women and their fam­i­lies,” she said. She called on in­di­vid­u­als to be proac­tive in be­com­ing am­bas­sadors of a healthy life­style within their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. “There is also a great need to break the so­cial and cul­tural bar­ri­ers, the taboo. “We must un­der­stand that it’s im­por­tant to seek med­i­cal as­sis­tance and there is noth­ing to be shy about. This mes­sage must reach to ev­ery house­hold in Fiji,” she said.

Fiji Can­cer So­ci­ety act­ing pres­i­dent Phillip Low said: “Through this event we are try­ing to send a mes­sage that we care for each other and it’s im­por­tant we talk to our friends and fam­i­lies to get rid of the stigma and taboo on such health is­sues. “Through such part­ner­ships, we are not only rais­ing aware­ness but also rais­ing funds that will go to­wards as­sist­ing the less for­tu­nate peo­ple to get the med­i­cal treat­ment.” Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club pres­i­dent Ma­son Smith, said they looked for­ward to strengthen part­ner­ship with the min­istry to or­gan­ise sim­i­lar pro­grammes. What started in 2004, the Movem­ber cam­paign is an ini­tia­tive in­tro­duced world­wide to raise aware­ness about prostate can­cer, and get men to do­nate what they would oth­er­wise spend on groom­ing their beards to the pa­tients who have lost their hair as part of their can­cer treat­ment. Source: Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices

Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post

Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices, Rosy Ak­bar on Satur­day.

Se­nior ci­ti­zens who were part of the aware­ness pro­gramme or­gan­ised by the Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club on Satur­day.

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