A TOTAL of 1300 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in Fiji and this number needs to change.
This was one of the messages from the Fiji Cancer Society's former acting president Dr Tukaha Mua, who said although they did not have a breakdown of the exact number of people who came in for check-ups during Pinktober this year, the annual number needed to change.
Dr Mua said out of the 1300 diagnosed, 40 were children.
"A few years ago, the biggest cancer in women was cervical cancer, but now it's breast cancer," he said.
"The breakdown of women and men shows that the commonest in women is cancer of the breast and the commonest men is prostate cancer."
Dr Mua attributed much of these cancerous diagnoses to the presence of carcinogens — the chemicals in the things we eat and drink, especially tobacco and alcohol.