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355 diagnosed with breast cancer in Fiji

October 23, 2015 5:17 am

There have been three hundred and fifty-five people diagnosed with breast cancer this year in Fiji, with ninety eight percent being women and the other two percent are men.

Speaking at the Breast Cancer Made Easy symposium, at the FNU Pasifika Campus in Suva today, Minister for Women, Rosy Akbar, says the key to the problem is early detection and treatment.

“It is undeniable that Fijian women with breast cancer are detected late in the disease, it is a fact too that Fijian women often seek medical attention too late, I’m sure this symposium can address the late detection and late presentation, by doing awareness along this line, one can make a difference to the social, mental and physical dimension of breast cancer.”

Fiji National University Vice Chancellor, Ian Rouse says working hand-in-hand is the key to fighting this disease.

Breast cancer survivor, Maryanne Wonglee says it’s everyone’s responsibility to help fight and end breast cancer.

Breast Cancer has been revealed as the leading form of cancer amongst Fijian women.