71 breast cancer cases registered in 2022 – Chan

Fiji Cancer Society CEO Belinda Chan. Picture: FILE.

Breast cancer is still the leading cancer type in Fiji with 71 cases registered this year.

Fiji Cancer Society CEO Belinda Chan said this at the launching of a Pinktober partnership between the Fiji Cancer Society and Ram Sami & Sons Ltd at the Wallson factory in Kalabu Tax Free Zone, Valelevu yesterday.

“Fiji Cancer Society recorded a total of 1294 cancer patients from 2018 til’ date,” Ms Chan said.

“From these cases, breast cancer is still the leading number of cancer type totaling up to 434 with 71 registered this year.

“At Fiji Cancer Society, we work to raise awareness, improve cancer prevention, provide support to cancer patients and provide an active survivorship.”

She said the organisation was dedicated to assisting those diagnosed with cancer.

“We have assisted in with the clearance of surgical backlogs at the CWMH (Colonial War Memorial Hospital) and Lautoka Hospital and spent $16,240 for 28 surgical procedures.

“Our patients have accessed our taxi services 1150 times to ensure they go to their treatment and chemotherapy, conducted home visitation for our palliative patients 775 times, provided 64 ambulance transfers, supplied 850 adult diapers and purchased medications 388 times.

“Our support services and assistance range from transportation (land, sea, air) to ambulance transfers, medication, groceries for patient, dressing materials, weekly home visitation in partnerships with the MOHMs, bra fitting programs for our breast cancer warriors and a survivorship program focusing on post recovery.”

Ms Chan said this was all possible from the donations they’ve received over the past years and thanked all the supporting corporate bodies, partners and the whole of Fiji.

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