AS breast cancer awareness month wraps up, the Fiji Cancer Society has expressed gratitude to members of the public who have helped in raising awareness around the topic of Pinktober and the seriousness of breast cancer.
Former society acting president Dr Tukaha Mua reiterated the importance of prevention when it comes to cancer — and not just cancer of the breast.
"With breast cancer and cancer in general, prevention is key and this needs to get better," Dr Mua said yesterday.
"The cancer society's most effective weapon in the fight against cancer and non-communicable diseases is prevention and the most important aspects of prevention are exercise and diet."
He said the change of lifestyle in people today was evident compared with 60 years ago.
"About 60 years ago, it was so rare for people to get things like diabetes for instance, because the lifestyles back then were so much healthier.
"People ran to get the bus, they walked to work and back home again, they didn't eat junk or drink fizzy drinks that you have now, it was all the natural root crops."
He said this was the society's message this year — to promote preventative measures to prevent cancer.