Akbar: Prioritise health

Minister for Women Rosy Akbar comforts cancer survivor Aqela Tuiwainunu in Suva on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Fiji records up to 600 new cases of cancer every year. This, according to Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar while officiating at the Pinktober Morning Tea Fundraiser organised by G Prasad and Associates and the Rotary Club of Suva at the Ashiyana Authentic Restaurant in Suva on Wednesday.

She said according to the Ministry of Health, there were between 60 and 70 breast cancer surgeries and up to 130 breast cancer diagnoses in both men and women each year.

“We know that women do not prioritise their health, they are busy, they have families, they work,” she said.

“As a result, they don’t have time for themselves or rather, do not take out time for themselves.” She said early detection was key in the treatment of breast cancer. “The early detection of breast cancer in women is important for the effective management of the disease.

“This is exactly why women need to pay attention to their health, first and foremost.

“If you notice any symptoms of breast cancer such as lumps or changes in your breast area, you should immediately speak to your doctor.”

A total of $6800 was handed over by G Prasad and Associates to the Fiji Cancer Society.

Ms Akbar acknowledged G Prasad and Associates and other Pinktober morning tea fundraiser stakeholders.

She also encouraged all government agencies, non-government agencies and the business sector to assist the Fiji Cancer Society in promoting cancer awareness.

“At the end of the day, it is not only about finding a cure or treatment or raising money. It is an action that should unite men and women together through prevention and education and support.”

Cancer survivor, Aneeta Karan, 62, said she noticed an unusual lump on her breast and made the proactive decision to visit a doctor.

“I was very lucky we found cancer when we did as it was a very aggressive form of breast cancer.

“I have always been very mindful of my body and would always do regular checks, exercise daily and eat healthy food,” she said.

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