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1100 new cases of cancer recorded every year: Dr Tukana

February 24, 2018 12:45 am

Over one thousand new cases of cancer are recorded in Fiji every year.

During the World Cancer Day celebration in Suva today, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services also revealed that seven hundred people die annually due to cancer.

Non Communicable Disease National Advisor, Dr Isimeli Tukana, says every Fijian should work together to reduce the burden of cancer.

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“In Fiji every year, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services record over 1100 new cases of cancer. Of these, slightly more than 50 percent are found in women mainly breast and cervical cancer. This is not to say that men cannot have breast cancer, we do have small number of men who had breast cancer. However the most common cancer in males is prostate cancer and it is the third commonest cancer in Fiji.”

The theme for this year’s World Cancer Day is “We Can, I can prevent”.

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