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Colorectal Cancer On The Rise Here

Colorectal Cancer On The Rise Here
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya (right) gets some help pinning his blue ribbon on his coat from Director Mineral Development Dr Reijeli Taga during the launch of “Movember Campaign”on November 6, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
November 07
19:33 2017

Cancer is the third largest disease affecting Fijians. Preliminary studies have shown that 10 per cent of deaths in the country are caused by this disease.

Speaking at the launch of the Movember Campaign for the Ministry for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Tourism, Fiji Cancer Society’s Kaliova Turagaiviu said cancer is a Non-Communicable Disease.

Another type of cancer that is on the rise affecting more men than women is colorectal cancer.

This is the cancer of either the large intestine, colon and the rectum or all of the three organs.

Mr Turagaiviu said this type of cancer is irreversible. For women, the two most common cancer affecting them are breast and cervical cancer.  The study showed there was a rise in cervical cancer.

For men who suffer from cancer, 54 per cent of them are diagnosed with prostate cancer, Mr Turagaiviu said.

He said cancer not only affects the person who is diagnosed but the family as a whole.

Mr Turagaiviu said awareness campaigns help educate people on what cancer is and how important it is for them to have screenings.

“Majority of the cases presented at hospitals are usually too late.

“We must understand that cancer cells are in all human beings. But it is dormant.  What triggers cancer is living an unhealthy lifestyle.”

In prostate cancer, the symptoms are:

pain when passing urine

blood in urine and excruciating lower back pain.

He said a lot of people in Fiji who have been diagnosed with cancer have not returned for further medical advice and treatment.

Mr Turagaiviu urged that people must come forward and get screened for this disease.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Minerals, Faiyaz Koya urged ministry staff to take advantage of the cancer screening provided by the Ministry of Health.

“In Fiji more than 20 prostate cancer cases are recorded each year.

“These cases could be prevented through regular screening, early detection and treatment.

“Prostate cancer can be a serious disease but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it.”

Mr Koya also commended the  commitment shown by the Fiji Cancer Society.

Edited by Rosi Doveverata


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