CERVICAL cancer continues to be a threatening fatal disease among women in the country.
This was revealed by the president of the Fiji Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society ,Dr Swaran Naidu.
A gynaecologist at the Lautoka Hospital, said women in their thirties were falling victim to the disease each year.
"It is very sad that women are still dying from cervical cancer and every week, there are a couple of women that we treat at the Lautoka and CWM (Colonial War Memorial) Hospitals," Dr Naidu said.
She said many were not aware that cancer could be prevented with early detection.
"When people hear cancer, there is always a sense of helplessness but they don't know that it can be treated and if we go to our nearest clinic and get a routine check up like a pap smear, we can prevent it from happening," she said.
Dr Naidu said another option was for people to change their lifestyle.
"A substantial part of the course or road to cancer is our lifestyle. We continue to poison our bodies by drinking alcohol, smoke and eat unhealthy food."