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Go Bald Give Hope Praised

Assistant Minister for Health Veena Bhatnagar commended the Fiji Cancer Society for organising the first ‘Go Bald Give Hope’ initiative in the Western Division yesterday. She officiated at the launch
15 Nov 2015 11:13
Go Bald Give Hope Praised
Centre:Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar with two of the volunteers Mereani Taginadavui (thrid from right) and Sanjina Narain (next to Ms Bhatnagar) yesterday in Lautoka.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU

Assistant Minister for Health Veena Bhatnagar commended the Fiji Cancer Society for organising the first ‘Go Bald Give Hope’ initiative in the Western Division yesterday.

She officiated at the launch at Shirley Park, Lautoka.

Ms Bhatnagar said the initiative showed the sacrificial approach to assist people affected with cancer.

“It’s not always easy to participate in such a bold initiative as such, but I am sure that we can through today’s programme to make a difference in someone’s life,” she said.

“As the incidence of cancer in women continue to rise in Fiji and at the global front, it is prudent to saturate our communities with sound and reliable information on the condition and its intervention to improve our survival rate.”

She said world statistics showed that 1.7 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 while 6.3 million women were alive who had also been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Since the 2008 estimates, breast cancer incidence have increased by more than 20 per cent while mortality has increased by 14 per cent,” she said.

“In Fiji, breast cancer remains among the top two causes of cancers in females with a total of 179 cases in 2013. Breast cancer has a higher fatality rate and is often picked up at a later stage because our women visit clinics at a very late stage.”

Mrs Bhatnagar said the mindset of young women needed to be changed in terms of early detection.

“Not everyone can slip their hands and be willing to have all the hair on their heads shaved,” she said.

“Our candidates who are willing to do that are highly commended and I must congratulate you for making such selfless deeds.”

She said proceeds from the ‘Go Bald Give Hope’ initiative would go directly to the society.

“Your act of love can simply be a beacon of hope to a dying friend and a ray of light to someone out there in the dark who may not be so privileged to have access to services,” she said.

“This seed of compassion planted through this programme may just be the catalyst to restore purpose and meaning to someone who has lost all hopes resulting from the effects of cancer.”

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