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Call for early detection of prostate cancer

A call has been made for men to seek early medical check to detect and treat prostate cancer. This message was reiterated at the “Balls and Beard Rugby Tournament” organised by the Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club at the Cathedral Secondary School Grounds in Suva this morning. At the official opening of this sports event, Minister […]

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November 29, 2016 7:07 am

A call has been made for men to seek early medical check to detect and treat prostate cancer.

This message was reiterated at the “Balls and Beard Rugby Tournament” organised by the Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club at the Cathedral Secondary School Grounds in Suva this morning.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar  (seated in middle).
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar (seated in middle).

At the official opening of this sports event, Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Rosy Akbar emphasised on the need for increased awareness to encourage early detection and cure of prostate cancer.

“The call for action on prostate cancer is urgent as the reasons are obvious. It is leading cancer amongst Fijian men and like breast cancer it has been increasing over the last 5 years, it must be taken seriously as cancer is a threat to the livelihoods of our men, women and their families.

“I am pleased to say that this year the awareness on breast cancer and now prostate cancer is more than what was done in the previous years. This is an indication that our society is becoming more cautious of the diseases that are affecting our people,” Minister Akbar said.

The Health Minister has called on individuals to be proactive in becoming the ambassadors of a healthy lifestyle within their families and communities.

“Reach out for screening programs to identify early cancer and seek medical treatment. During the Pinktober Awareness, last month it was highlighted that many female women present themselves to the hospitals very late. We would like to encourage all men to visit their nearest health centre and seek information and get the early check.

“There is also a great need to break the social and cultural barriers, the taboo. We must understand that it’s important to seek medical assistance and there is nothing to be shy about. This message must reach every household in Fiji on where, how or who they can get  help from in regards to prostate cancer. There are information and advice and if taken seriously can save many lives,” Minister Akbar elaborated.

The Fiji Cancer Society acting president Phillip Low also explained the importance of such awareness programs.

“Through this event, we are trying to send a message that we care for each other and it’s important we talk to our friends and families to get rid of the stigma and taboo on such health issues. It’s better to know than to guess and it’s better to live then die.”

“Through such partnerships, we are not only raising awareness but also raising funds that will go towards assisting the less fortunate people to get medical treatment. Most of the funds we have raised throughout the year have gone to cancer patients to help them get the treatment and care they need,” Mr Low said.

Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club president, Mason Smith said they looked forward to the strengthened partnership with the Ministry of Health to organise similar awareness programs to raise awareness on initiatives

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