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Leukemia and brain tumors top child cancer cases in Fiji

August 1, 2019 9:00 am

At least 20 childhood cancer cases are diagnosed annually with leukemia and brain tumors topping the list.

This was revealed by Dr. Losalini Leweniqila, a Pediatrician at the Oncology Unit at the CWM hospital during the launch of the Child Cancer Awareness month.

Dr. Leweniqila says Fiji continues to record an increasing number of childhood cancer cases.

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“It was found that Fiji’s Childhood Cancer number was about 70 to 115 per million children and most of these are leukemia cases and this was second by brain tumors. We see and diagnose at least 20 childhood cancer cases per year and we can hypothesis that this number is sort of increasing by the years.”

Australian Deputy High Commissioner Anna Dorney says they will fund the construction of a small outdoor space to cater for the children and their families.

 

“We are pleased to be able to provide some equipment and some furniture for the resource center here as well. So it’s a very small contribution but we are very pleased that we can work with WOW’s to provide it.”

WOW’s kids will host a series of events throughout this month to raise funds and create awareness on Child Cancer.

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