October 31, 2016 9:48 am

Ministry promotes early detection to fight breast cancer

Early detection and treatment is the best way to fight the increasing number of cases of breast cancer and to save lives. This was reiterated by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Rosy Akbar while speaking at the Pinktober Fundraiser Breakfast Program organised by the Women in Business network in Suva today. Minister […]

Early detection and treatment is the best way to fight the increasing number of cases of breast cancer and to save lives.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Rosy Akbar (seated in middle) during the Pinktober celebrations with the Women in Business at GPH earlier this week.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Rosy Akbar (seated in middle) during the Pinktober celebrations with the Women in Business at GPH earlier this week.

This was reiterated by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Rosy Akbar while speaking at the Pinktober Fundraiser Breakfast Program organised by the Women in Business network in Suva today.

Minister Akbar highlighted that cancer is the third leading cause of deaths in Fiji as it accounts for 10 percent of all fatalities and it’s almost three times more in females.

“These are alarming figures, and while the numbers are grim, the good news is that early detection of breast cancer allows most survivors a high quality of life after treatment. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women.

“The Ministry of Health’s record shows that for 2015, there were 270 confirmed tests of breast cancer cases, that’s an average of 22 confirmed cases per month. For January to July 2016, a total of 115 confirmed breast cancer cases were recorded, that’s about 19 confirmed cases per month.

There are many other unreported cases, and it’s through such partnerships that we hope to intensify awareness programs and reach out to as many communities as possible,” Minister Akbar said.

The Health Ministry is advising individuals to be proactive regarding getting medical checks done early.

“Don’t let this month go by without taking extra care of your health. We must push for early detection, and some clinics and hospitals provide health checks and information on Pinktober. Most of the time people don’t go for tests because of the fear, but they need to understand that it’s better to have early detection done rather than waiting to present themselves at the hospital, at very last minute.

“Everyone needs to work together to raise awareness on Pinktober, we need to strive to save lives because when we lose a woman to breast cancer, we know the impact on the families and the nation,” Minister Akbar said.

Funds collected from the Women in Business Network Pinktober Fundraiser Breakfast will be donated to the Oncology Unit at the CWM Hospital.