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Man Up Get Tested:  Chand Tells Men

Labasa Town Council special administrator Vijay Chand is urging all Fijian men around the country to man up and get tested for prostate cancer. Mr Chand made this call while
29 Oct 2018 13:35
Man Up Get Tested:  Chand Tells Men
Labasa Town Council Special Administrator Vijay Chand with Labasa Divisional Dietician Sainimere Vunibeci and staff members of Labasa Town Council and. Labasa Health Centre and Fiji Revenue and Customs Service at the launch of the Pinktober campaign in Labasa on October 27, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka.

Labasa Town Council special administrator Vijay Chand is urging all Fijian men around the country to man up and get tested for prostate cancer.

Mr Chand made this call while launching the Pinktober campaign for the Labasa Health Centre and Fiji Revenue and Custom Services at the Nasea Health Centre on Saturday.

While he raised awareness on breast cancer, he also emphasised on prostate cancer because it was the leading cancer among Fijian men.

At the launch, men wore black to raise awareness on prostate cancer while women wore pink for breast cancer.

“Research shows that prostate cancers usually grow very slowly,” Mr Chand said.

“So the importance of symptoms such as pain when passing urine, passing urine frequently especially at night and blood in urine must be reported to your doctor, nearest hospital or health centre.

“Men need to get a Specific Antigen (PSA) and a finger test for prostate cancer.

“If the result is positive, medical specialist will then proceed with a biopsy to confirm whether one has the cancer or not.

“Prostate cancer must be taken seriously because it poses real threats to the livelihoods of our men, women, children and their families,” Mr Chand added.

He said the scariest thing of cancer is that a man living with prostate cancer would have no clear signs or symptoms to indicate that they have the disease.

“Although they may have been tested in their early years they will not know whether they have prostate cancer until they have been admitted,” the special administrator said.

“That is why the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is focusing on creating awareness about prostate cancer so that people can get checked early.

“Those with a positive family history have high chances of getting the cancer. If your granddad died from prostate cancer, then there are high chances of you getting prostate cancer,” he said.

Urology Registrar at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva Doctor Rajeev Patel said elderly men were more likely to get prostrate cancer.

Dr Patel also highlighted that men with a family history of prostate cancer had higher chances of getting the disease.

“If you are 60, there is 60 per cent chances that you will get prostate cancer, these have been proven by studies,” Dr Patel said.

November is the month to raise awareness against prostate cancer in the country.

Edited by Percy Kean

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