2018 Pinktober campaign launched

Minister for Health Rosy Akbar and Dr Gaushi Shivaraja with breast cancer survivors. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

THE problem we have in Fiji is that people present themselves to the hospital late.

This was highlighted by acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the launch of the 2018 Pinktober Campaign at the CWM hospital today.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the problem in Fiji was that people relied on traditional medicine and were too shy to talk about breast cancer or prostate cancer.

He stressed that people needed to create awareness because breast cancer restricted individuals to grow and progress.

There were eight survivors of breast cancer who attended the campaign and also received gifts presented by Minister for Health Rosy Akbar and Assistant Minister Alex O’Connor.

General surgeon Dr Gaushi Shivaraja from Victoria, Australia, said breast cancer had become the most common cause of cancer-related mortality for women in Fiji.

She said so far this year, the CWM hospital performed 128 breast cancer surgeries.

This campaign was organised by the Ministry of Health, Fiji National University and Fiji Cancer Society.

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