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Breast Cancer Is Most Common In Fiji, Says Minister Of Health

In Fiji, breast cancer has over­taken cervical cancer as the most common cancer. This was highlighted by the Min­ster for Health and Medical Ser­vices, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, last night. “There
19 Dec 2018 12:16
Breast Cancer Is Most Common  In Fiji, Says Minister Of Health
Participants during the Win Against Cancer seminar at the Grand Pacific Hotel on December 18, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

In Fiji, breast cancer has over­taken cervical cancer as the most common cancer.

This was highlighted by the Min­ster for Health and Medical Ser­vices, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, last night.

“There are about 250 confirmed cases in a year,” he said during the Win Against Cancer Seminar at Grand Pacific Hotel.

“As you know we have treatment of cancers in Fiji which are availa­ble and obviously depending on the cancer if they have liquid cancers, we have chemotherapeutic agents that are available.

“But if we have solid cancers we now have cardio-surgeons coming back trained overseas who pro­vide care in that area supported by chemotherapy.”

Unfortunately, the country lacks radiotherapy at the moment for treatment.

“One thing we are looking towards is really comprehensive oncology care,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“There was a gruelling number of liver cases in Fiji.

“These are young male, predomi­nantly iTaukei and I wanted to find the association,” he said.

“One thing that worries me is that we are having growing liver ab­scess in Fiji, probably the highest post-standardised for population.”

The Managing Director of MIOT International, Dr Prithvi Mohan­das, said the reason for this could be continuous exposure of the liver to alcohol which renders it weak and susceptible to cancer.

Edited by Percy Kean

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