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152 cases of cancer registered so far for 2019: FCS

August 13, 2019 12:43 pm

The Fiji Cancer Society is concerned with the increasing number of cancer cases.

Program Manager, Josephine Oyagawa says the Society has so far registered 152 new cases this year with one confirmed of colorectal cancer.

Oyagawa says these patients have been diagnosed with various types of cancers but there’s more unreported cases.

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“People now know about the Fiji Cancer Society not as much as we hope for but people now know that the society is out there and they’re registering with us. We know there’s still more cases out there but we want the message to get out there that they can come to FCS, have themselves registered and we’re here to provide them with as much information as we can on all cancers that they might be facing.”

She adds they continue to spread awareness on cancer to ensure Fijians are aware of the killer disease and how it’s important for them to get regular check-ups.

Meanwhile, the FCS registered 198 cases of cancer last year with nine confirmed of colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer also known as bowel or colon cancer, is the development of cancer from the colon or parts of the large intestine.

It typically affects older adults, though it can happen at any age.

Some symptoms of colorectal cancer include a persistent change in bowel habits, constipation, rectal bleeding, persistent abdominal discomforts, such as cramps, gas or pain.

Other symptoms include weakness or fatigue and unexplained weight loss.

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