Important to know diagnosis and treatment of cancer

Minister for Health and Medical Services with Breast Cancer survivors at the Pinktober launch in Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED

IT is important that cancer patients and their families are familiar with the diagnosis and treatment processes, says Fiji National University Alumni, Dr Raghawa Sharma.

Dr Sharma is a consultant pathologist at the Wesley Hospital in Australia.

He recently spoke at the launching of the Pinktober campaign at FNU’s campus in Valelevu, Nasinu.

He said women needed to be encouraged to undertake self-examination and visit medical facilities to undertake breast examination and mammogram.

“We examine and confirm the diagnosis following which a biopsy is done. We then look at it under the microscope but before that there are a lot of technicians who process these things in a proper way,” Dr Sharma said.

“Then we decide which grade the tissue is. The grade of the tissue shows how fast the tissue is growing.”

Education lectures and other awareness activities are being organised at FNU campuses to create greater awareness for the Pinktober campaign.

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