A MACUATA chief believes men play a vital role in supporting their wives, mothers, daughters and nieces who suffer from breast cancer.
Soqosoqo Vakaramama Macuata executive member Adi Samanunu Katonivere said while women in her province had not started any program to mark Pinktober month, it was important that men knew their roles.
Sharing her views with this newspaper at the Rural Women's Day in Labasa yesterday, Adi Samanunu said it was high time women in the province worked together to raise awareness on cancer prevention.
"It is important for our husbands, fathers, uncles and brothers to know what to do when they find out that their wives are diagnosed with cancer," she said.
"Women who suffer from cancer need the support of their husbands.
"That is first and foremost so if husbands know what to do, especially in comforting their wives, she will not struggle to go through her down days.
"This is because her husband is behind her supporting her and going through the pain with her."
Adi Samanunu said women, especially the young ones, needed to know what cancer was.
"To be frank, not many women in our villages of Macuata know about breast cancer or the disease itself and that is why I will work on a program aimed at making women of Macuata know more about cancer.
"We will organise an awareness program for these women to help increase their knowledge about such diseases and what to do when diagnosed with it."
Adi Samanunu also encouraged mothers to always have an honest communication with their daughters.
"I have five daughters and I always make sure that we are open with each other and we can share what we feel about each other.
"This also means sharing our burdens and loads and if one is sick, what can we do to comfort her.
"Mothers please be open to your daughters because they will feel more free to talk to you about anything.
"The last thing we want is to hear from others that our own daughter suffers from cancer," she said.