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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Ends

The Pinktober Reception, held at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva onFriday night, officially ended the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the amount raised during the reception, $14,500 will be
02 Nov 2014 12:04
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Ends
The staff of Westpac Banking Corporation and Tanoa Hotel Group during the Pinktober Reception held at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva on Friday night.

The Pinktober Reception, held at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva onFriday night, officially ended the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

And the amount raised during the reception, $14,500 will be directed to the Oncology Unit of Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) in Suva.

However, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, said the fight against the spread and needless deaths from breast cancer was far from over.

“We must continue this cause until early detection and regular mammograms are a part of every woman’s life.

The reception was a combined effort by the ministry and the two sponsors, Westpac Banking Corporation and Tanoa Hotel Group.

Ms Akbar said October was a good month for raising funds for the institutions that specifically catered for cancer patients, sufferers and survivors.

“More than 350 cases of breast cancer have been reported this year; with 28 cases of breast cancer recorded this month, 27 of which are females and one male,”Ms Akbar said.

“Women are the ones who are largely affected by this disease and I believe we cannot give if we do not have compassion, care and love for these sisters of ours.”

She said Fiji had come a long way in terms of treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer patients but the fight against the spread and needless deaths from breast cancer is far from over.

“A well-funded and supported Oncology Unit at CWM Hospital will help offer better care and help lessen the suffering of patients,” she said.

Deputy chairperson of the hospital’s board of visitors Marica Hallacy, on receiving the donation, says a total of 138 patients are currently being looked after at the Oncology Unit.

“This timely donation will strengthen and sustain CWM Hospital services to the cancer patients and it also reflects your sensitivity to special medical needs, particulary cancer patients,”Mrs Hallacy said.

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