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Cervical Cancer ‘Top Killer’

Cervical Cancer ‘Top Killer’
Delegates during the launch of the Cervical Cancer Screening Policy at Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva yesterday. Photo: Rama
May 09
11:32 2015

Cervical cancer is the second highest cause of cancer deaths in Fiji, says the Ministry of Health.

The disease is higher in the iTaukei population than among our Indo-Fijian community.

Speaking at the first Cervical Cancer Screening Policy and Screening Equipment handover launch at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva yesterday, Mr Usamate highlighted the risks of the disease.

“Annually there are approximately 161 new cases of cervical cancer with an estimated incidence of 37.8 per 100,000,” Mr Usamate said.

“The high burden of disease we face right now requires that we intensify efforts to strengthen our screening and treatment programmes in the ministry.”

Minister Usamate said: “Pap test screening in Fiji had reached the full capacity of existing technical infrastructure and human resources with 20,000 pap smears per year and we need to screen more women at risk of cervix cancer using affordable methods with the capacity to maintain good quality control.”

Meanwhile, the Fiji Nursing Association general secretary, Salanieta Matiavi, said the policy would assist nurses and doctors in doing their work.

“This is first in the country and this is a milestone achievement for Fiji. This shows that we are committed into making our country are healthy one,” Mrs Matiavi said.





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