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Increase in new cancer cases

By FONUA TALEI Early detection of stages one and two cancer guarantees a 90 per cent survival rate while late detection of cancer in its later stages warrants a 10
02 Oct 2012 08:04

By FONUA TALEI

Early detection of stages one and two cancer guarantees a 90 per cent survival rate while late detection of cancer in its later stages warrants a 10 – 20 per cent survival rate.
These were the revelations of Fiji Cancer Society president Nirmala Nambiar, who said research had proven these findings.
“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the incidence of cancer in Fiji is about 129 per 100,000 (103 per 100,000 among males) and (157 per 100,000 among females),” Ms Nambiar said.
“In 2011, 594 cases of cancer were recorded, the majority among females which made up 75 per cent. The predominant age group in the second quarter has been between 45 and 49 years, which is a similar finding to the first quarter of this year.”
She said cancer cases recorded amongst women in the second quarter of last year was cervical cancer which stood at 29 per cent.
“The main cancer sites among females in the second quarter have been cancer of the cervix 29 per cent, uterus 23 per cent, breast cancer 16 per cent, endometrium four per cent, and ovary three per cent.  Overall there were more cases reported in the first quarter compared to the second quarter.” Ms Nambiar also revealed that 2009 statistics provided by the Ministry of Health showed 64 new cases of breast cancer, 120 cervical cancer cases, and 35 cases for men’s cancers. Overall reported cases of cancer for 2009 were 372.
“The most frightening aspect of these statistics, aside from the fact they increase every year, is that there is a death for every new case reported.” Meanwhile, today marks the start of a month-long awareness campaign on breast cancer.




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