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Two Aussie Women Assist Breast Cancer Patients Here

Two Australian women have taken up the initiative to provide assistance to women suffering from breast cancer here. Heather Tait, 63, and Lily DeSantis, 53, have made their sixth trip
24 May 2016 15:57
Two Aussie Women Assist Breast Cancer Patients Here

Two Australian women have taken up the initiative to provide assistance to women suffering from breast cancer here.

Heather Tait, 63, and Lily DeSantis, 53, have made their sixth trip to Fiji giving out brand new, top quality bras and silicon breasts to Fijian women with breast cancer.

Ms Tait said they decided to start the initiative after finding out there were many Fijian women who suffered from the illness.

The donated items, 150 silicon breasts and 100 bras,  were handed over to the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau at the Women’s Wellness Centre at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva yesterday.

“These items are donated by the Breast Cancer Network Australia and the women who have suffered from breast cancer.

“We all want women in Fiji to know of this service which is available to them, absolutely free, to be treated,” Ms Tait said.

She said early detection was very important and for patients to have mastectomy surgery (removal of breast) at the earliest stage possible.

“For us, near enough is not good enough because we have to find the perfect fit and the perfect breast for them,” Ms Tait said.

In 2014, 248 breast cancer cases were recorded and in 2015, 173 cases were recorded with a mortality rate of 47 per cent.

Ms Tait and Ms DeSantis will be in Labasa hospital on Thursday to demonstrate and assist with fitting of silicone breasts for breast cancer patients.

October has been dedicated for breast cancer awareness known as Pinktober.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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