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Cancer: Third Leading Cause Of Death

Confirmed by Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate   Cancer has become a third leading cause of death in Fiji with about 1300 people diagnosed every year. This
23 Jul 2016 09:38
Cancer: Third Leading Cause Of Death
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usumate (left), gets a wardrobe adjustment from Minister of Agriculture Inia Seruiratu outside Parliament yesterday Photo: Jona Konataci

Confirmed by Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate

 

Cancer has become a third leading cause of death in Fiji with about 1300 people diagnosed every year.

This was confirmed yesterday by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate at the signing of the World Cancer Day Declaration in Suva.

He said it was a significant day as all continued to show the support and commitment to effectively reduce the burden of cancer in Fiji. It is truly a global fight.

Mr Usamate said most of the cancer patients in Fiji were diagnosed with cervix, breasts, colon, uterus and liver cancer from which 41 per cent or around 533 people died from this disease.

“Fiji has already made several commitments in reducing the burden of cancer such as through the world health assembly resolution.

“On November 26, 2015 the Ministry of Health and Medical Services became a member of the Union for International Cancer Control showing our commitment and partnership in the global fight again cancer,” Mr Usamate said.

He said it took more than 60 per cent of the money that the ministry allocates for the patients to be referred overseas for treatment.

Mr Usamate confirmed by 2025, Fiji will improve access to accurate cancer diagnosis, quality multi board room treatment, rehabilitation, support and penetrative care services.

“We should be able to provide comprehensive cancer treatment without the need to travel overseas,” Mr Usamate said.

The World Cancer Declaration calls upon the Government leaders and health policy makers to significantly reduce the global cancer burden including integrating cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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