5 cancer deaths in children

FIVE children have lost their lives to cancer in the country so far this year.Walk on Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji team leader Viola Lesi said eight new cases had been identified this year and they were working tirelessly to help these children get treatment
and support.

“Some of these children have been identified to undergo overseas treatments. Two children have already had their treatments,” Ms Lesi said.

“One is currently in Christchurch, New Zealand undergoing treatment and one will be leaving the country at the end of the month as well.”

She said the reason why children were referred for overseas treatment was mainly because parents and guardians came up with their children at a later stage.

“This is where the importance of early detection plays a pivotal role in saving lives. This is why we are always emphasising to parents to have their children checked at the nearest hospital as soon as children show symptoms,” she said.

She said 15 children passed away battling cancer last year. WOWS Kids Fiji is currently looking after more than 70 children with cancer in the country.