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Cancer screening

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, July 24, 2014

ABOUT 50 men took proactive action and converged on Labasa Hospital to be part of a prostate cancer screening exercise yesterday.

The men, all above the age of 40, were given the opportunity to share to medical personnel their health conditions and in return, received medical advice.

Urology Registrar Dr Rajeev Patel said screening started three weeks ago with Lautoka being the first place they visited.

"We were in Suva last week and now we are in Labasa for three days and so far, the turnout has been very positive," he said.

"This is a form of creating awareness to the males about prostate cancer as we have noticed that the general awareness program has been very low.

"A lot of males are still not aware of this illness and it's only prudent that we reach out to them.

"This is one of the new services that the urology centre has initiated in the last year and it's basically aimed at increasing more awareness about the cancer. Overall we are trying to increase the profile of men's health in the country."

Dr Patel said they were looking at screening about 150 male patients in the North by tomorrow.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Evlyn Mani said the ministry was grateful to the Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club for supporting the initiative.

"The club donated $14,424.10 earlier this year to help raise awareness of prostate cancer while encouraging men to get tested for prostate cancer," she said.

"This partnership with the club and VanMeds will result in about 500 men screened for prostate cancer nationwide."





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