FCS records 236 cases – Wilson: We will continue to raise awareness on cancer

Makrava Wilson speaks during the Social Democratic Liberal Party Movember fundraiser event on Tuesday this week. Picture: SODELPA

Since 2018 the Fiji Cancer Society (FCS) has registered 236 male cancer patients, says Fiji Cancer Society president Makrava Wilson.

Speaking at the Social Democratic Liberal Party Movember fundraiser on Tuesday this week, Mr Wilson said of this number, 24 were diagnosed with prostate cancer, six with testicular cancer, with the youngest aged 25 years old.

Mr Wilson said November was a month dedicated to healthcare for men.

“It is also about raising awareness on testicular cancer and prostate cancer, mental health and other male-related health issues,” he said.

Mr Wilson said the month was also aimed at reducing stigma on prostate or testicular cancer, learning more about it and learning how to prevent the cancers by living healthy lifestyles.

“Many men and women continue to present their cancer ailments at the later stages or stage 3, which the oncology and urology unit cannot provide effective treatment for,” he said.

“Palliative care can only be provided to women and men in this stage. At the cancer society, we will continue to raise awareness on cancer causes.

“Fiji Cancer Society’s important role is to provide much-needed care and support for those living with cancer and the services provided to our patients are free.”

Last year the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s general surgeon Dr Ilaitia Delasau said a late presentation for prostate cancer was a serious concern.

Dr Delasau said most men did not turn up at all to hospitals for general check-ups until the disease they carried was really bad.

The Ministry of Health also reveals that as many as 30 to 40 Fijians were diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.

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