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Cancer Treatable If Diagnosed Early: Health Minister Akbar

Cancer Treatable If Diagnosed Early: Health Minister Akbar
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar during the launch of the Cancer Awareness Month for August and the National Pediatric Oncology Policy at the CWM hospital on July 21, 2017. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu
July 23
14:58 2017

Ministry, WOWS Kids Fiji, Fiji Cancer Society, and the National Paediatric Oncology Committee launch Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

 

The Ministry of Health is optimistic that many cancers are treatable, provided they are diagnosed early then followed by proper care and treatment.

While launching the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month for August at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on Friday, Minister Rosy Akbar said: “The Ministry remains committed towards the reduction of cancer mortality, improving the survival rates of cancer cases and improving the quality of life of cancer victims.

“Cancer being a great health concern, has become a global epidemic affecting people of all ages, and unfortunately cases in Fiji have been steadily increasing.

“Statistics reveal that women are most likely to be affected by breast, cervix, uterus, ovary and rectum cancer, while in men cancers such as prostate, liver, rectum and lung are common.”

Ms Akbar says the Family Health Unit of the Ministry in partnership with the WOWS Kids Fiji, Fiji Cancer Society, and the National Paediatric Oncology Committee was proud to launch the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and dedicated the month of August as a means to intensify awareness.

“This is to also increase our outreach to raise public awareness and disseminate information in supporting our little champs and the fight against Childhood Cancer in Fiji.”

In partnership with WOWS (Walk On Walk Strong) Kids Fiji has organised a series of events in August, including the Wonderland Walk and Fun Run and the Save or Shave campaign.

WOWS Kids Fiji is encouraging all Fijians to wear a gold ribbon in support of these little champs that are fighting the fight against cancer.

Ms Akbar also launched the National Paediatric Oncology Policy.

She described it as a milestone achievement for the dedicated and professional medical team at the Paediatric Oncology Unit at CWM hospital.

The Policy is the national plan for the care and support for children with cancer.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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