Early Detection Vital: Bhatnagar
Breast cancer remains the two top cases of cancer among women in Fiji says Veena Bhatnagar.
The assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services says an urgent need in cancer control today is to develop effective and affordable approaches to early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
She said 179 breast cancer cases were recorded in 2013.
“Breast cancer has a high fatality rate; it’s often picked up at a very late stage because women only present themselves to clinics when the cancer is advanced,” she said.
She made these comments during the Pinktober Breakfast at the My Suva Picnic Park Bure in Nasese yesterday.
The Pinktober breakfast was sponsored by CJ Patel Group’s Fiji Dairy Limited who supplied special Pinktober Rewa Milk powerpacks for the event.
Ms Bhatnagar said all had a role to play in controlling the disease and it could be executed with minimal resources.
“We all know that the incidence of breast cancer in Fiji continues to rise and there has been keen interests shown by many organisations, both public and private including the Cancer Society of Fiji, the Ministry of Health and so forth to see that the disease is curbed,” she said.
Ms Bhatnagar said strategies had been developed to facilitate the reverse or reduction in the incidence of breast cancer.
“In 2012, 1.7million women were diagnosed with breast cancer and there were 6.3 million women alive who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the previous five years,” she said.
“For those of us who have access to more information and have improved our knowledge-base on this condition;
“I suggest we pursue and explore some partnership with organisations like the Fiji Cancer Society and raise public awareness that will benefit women of this nation in the early detection of the cancer,” she said.