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Fight is on to eliminate Fiji's top women's killer

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, March 31, 2013

CERVICAL cancer is the number one cause of death of females in the country, according to Karolina Tamani of the Fiji Nursing Association, at an outreach program in Nadi organised by the Fiji Muslim Women's League.

"It is caused by a virus and the symptoms at an early age are very hard to diagnose," said Ms Tamani, the association's project manager for cervical cancer awareness.

"We had done a study of nearly 2000 women in 2011 and 2012, and out of these women, four had full-blown cancer, meaning it was too late for treatment."

According to Ms Tamani, the only way to avoid getting cancer is by early screening and treatment.

"Currently the only screening tests done are in the Central Division but by June, we aim to extend the screening and the treatment to the rest of Fiji."

Women from across Viti Levu were part of the outreach program.