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Man Up And Get Tested, A-G Urges Men

Generally, men don’t talk about these things. I think there are social taboos we need to get over. There are a lot of social norms which restrict men from coming to a public space about this.”
28 Nov 2020 10:10
Man Up And Get Tested, A-G Urges Men
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (left), with prostate cancer survivor Ligo Reece during the prostate cancer and testicular cancer awareness at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital on November 27, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Get over it, man up and get tested, said the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the Prostate Cancer Awareness Month function at Colonial War Memorial Hospital yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said men have this habit of not wanting to get tested because many felt it was very unmanly to get tested for prostate cancer.

“I think there is a psychological restriction that is stopping men. There is still a lot of machoism around men,” he said.

“Generally, men don’t talk about these things. I think there are social taboos we need to get over. There are a lot of social norms which restrict men from coming to a public space about this.”

Urologist Dr Akash Prasad highlighted that they had registered 41 cases of prostate cancer last year and the numbers had reached 60 now. He said in any case, it was best to get tested as early detection would lead to elimination of cancer.

“Get yourself a gift for your 50th birthday, get tested,” he said.

Dr Prasad highlighted a BBC report that predicted that in the coming years, prostate cancer cases would surpass breast cancer as the most common form of cancer in the world.

He said prostate cancer was more common in older men.

The stage was also shared by four cancer survivors.

Ligo Reece, Yohan Gabriel and William Page spoke of their experience with prostate cancer while Amitesh Narayan spoke about his experience with testicular cancer.

“Be bold get tested or be ashamed and be dead,” Mr Narayan said as he closed his remarks.

All four survivors said the help from the medical professionals at CWM Hospital was also excellent because it helped them through the disease.

The symptoms of prostate cancer show up late and there is no screening programme in Fiji, therefore medical professionals recommend getting tested.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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