THE Health Ministry is taking measures to address the issue of breast cancer in Fiji.
Ministry spokesman Shalvin Deo said breast cancer and general cancer management framework were being improved in the country.
While the number of breast cancer cases might appear to be on the up, with more than 600 cases in the past four years, Mr Deo said that was in part attributed to the improved awareness on breast cancer leading to improved reporting on cancers in general.
"We have improved access to management whether locally or abroad, and improved the diagnostics such as mammography machines," he said.
"The Ministry of Health has also engaged international experts to review the cancer reporting and treatment modalities."
He added the country now had two oncology (cancer) units in the CWM and Lautoka hospitals, complete with an oncology committee and a full-time pharmacist dedicated to oncology.
Mr Deo said training of staff members in oncology was also a priority for the ministry.
In regards to the high mortality rate from breast cancer, Mr Deo echoed doctors who had said most women presented themselves too late, or refused treatment once diagnosed.