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Breast Cancer Accounts for 28.2% Deaths Here: Survey

“Things that our programme focuses on are basically cardiovascular diseases, respiratory disease, cancers and diabetes, of course, there are a few shared risk factors,” she said.
08 Aug 2022 16:19
Breast Cancer Accounts for 28.2% Deaths Here: Survey
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Head of Wellness Dr. Devina Nand. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Breast cancer has accounted for 28.2 per cent of deaths in the country from 2009 to 2019, according to new data obtained by The Institute for Health Metrix and Evaluation (IHME) Fiji.

The data was revealed during a presentation delivered by Doctor Devina Nand, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Head of Wellness, during the Fiji College of General Practitioners annual conference on July 30.

Also, according to the World Life Expectancy website, data published by the World Health Organisation in 2020 showed the age-adjusted death rate by cause indicated deaths caused by breast cancer in Fiji was 41.41 per 100,000 of the population, ranking Fiji second in the world with 162 deaths.

The first ranked prevalent cause of death in Fiji was diabetes Mellitus with 1628 deaths. However, globally, Fiji ranked 62nd for 243.61 per 100,000 of the population.

 

“Things that our programme focuses on are basically cardiovascular diseases, respiratory disease, cancers and diabetes, of course, there are a few shared risk factors,” she said.

“Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer shared common risk factors, these are smoking, nutrition, which is an unhealthy diet, alcohol and physical inactivity.”

“Approximately 70 to 80 per cent of deaths of total mortality is due to NCDs in Fiji and again our highest rates of death are cardiovascular disease followed by diabetes, cancers and other NCDs.”

“The projection for 2050 shows that we’ll be actually increasing our costs, our expenditure on health care funding unless we have very strategic interventions.”

Doctor Nand said stroke accounted for 24.9 per cent of deaths in the country and the third was diabetes, at 23.3 per cent.

 

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