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Cancer Society Head Urges Early Detection, More Education

Cancer Society Head Urges Early Detection, More Education
June 11
11:09 2018

Cancer is rated the third-highest cause of deaths in Fiji.

Head of the National Wellness Centre and National Adviser of Non Communicable Disease Dr Isimeli Tukana says the leading cause of death in Fiji is heart disease followed by stroke. They all stem from diabetes.

The revelation on cancer deaths was in a figure released by the Fiji Cancer Society president Phillip Low.

He said more than 1200 new cases were recorded annually for cancer, making it number three on the list.

“Such a figure is largely attributed to late detection and lack of education,” Mr Low said.

“Cancer can be reduced through awareness, screening and timely treatment as well as counselling and support services.

“All of which the Fiji Cancer Society is able to provide and oversee. Thanks to available funding,” Mr Low added.

Cancer is a disease that does not directly affect the patient, but also affects the patient’s primary caregiver, families and friends.

“This is the change we want to make and the Fiji Cancer Society uses this vision to inspire ourselves, our patients, partners, survivors, families and communities into being proactive in combating cancer from all angles,” he said.

“The society advocates holistic cancer control and management through building our capacity to improve the quality of life of our clients.

“The aspiration which drives the Fiji Cancer Society is the simple vision of our national community being free from cancer.

“It is a team of versatile people who are joined in constantly fulfilling the mission of ensuring that no cancer sufferers fight the battle against cancer without the support they need.

“We are not merely a group of like-minded individuals with shared experience.

“The society is a welcoming and inclusive group that aims to ensure that people who need support as a result of the impact of cancer do have access to what they need.”

He said with the Fiji Cancer Society having influence around the country, no one inFiji needed to fight cancer alone.

You can contact the  society on 3324 360, 9990959 (M) or e-mail admin@fijicancer.com.fj.

Edited by Percy Kean

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