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Young Fijians now diagnosed with cancer

July 5, 2018 7:14 pm

A new trend is now being seen in cancer cases.

According to the CWM Hospital Consultant Physician, Oncology, Dr Ane Veu, younger men and women are now being diagnosed with cancer.

In the last ten years the Cancer Registry has recorded fifteen thousand five hundred and sixty nine cases of cancer.

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Dr Veu says the rate of cancer cases continues to rise.

“’Over the recent years perhaps around five years our local doctors who have gone abroad for a training and have come back as specialist such as neurosurgeon , urologist plastic surgeons and come back and found in their own fields these rare cancers like melanoma, brain tumors, things that are usually rare but are now being seen in our population.”

According to statistics, 800 people died due to cancer in Fiji last year alone while 1, 544 new cases were recorded.

Dr Veu says smoking, alcohol and dietary abuse are the major causes of cancer.

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