WOMEN of Natewa district believe the best cure for cancer is open discussion.
Natewa District Women's Group president Akosita Ravoka said the best advice they could pass on to their women was to get checked regularly.
Mrs Ravoka said during their meetings, the issue was often brought up and they often invited health officials to speak on the topic.
"During our recent meet, I told the women there was a dire need to address the disease openly," she said.
"We have decided with the 90 women in the group to have open discussions and exchange ideas relating to the disease.
"There have been a few women in the district who died of cancer including those that are living with cancer."
Mrs Ravoka said they included these women into their group discussions to talk about their experiences.
Buca villager Meresiana Mateavula said the group had been an eye-opener for other women in Natewa.
"We now know the importance of having tests so that we know our physical status," she said.
"We have been encouraged to speak up and participate actively in the discussions about the disease.
"Keeping a silent mode on the disease is very dangerous because that is a way of letting the disease triumph and kill women."