Minister Calls for Early Detection To Prevent Prostate Cancer
A call 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