‘People scared to get checked’

Salesi Koroi of the Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club conducts participares in a prostate cancer awareness program at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre in Nasese, Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED

Some people are scared to get a checkup for prostate cancer, says Pacific Laboratory Specialist scientist in charge and executive chairman Josese Mailulu.

He said this was because of the method used to collect samples for Prostate cancer.

“I have seen a lot of feedback from people, one is that some people are really scared to come and see a doctor to get checked because previously the method of collections was from the nether region (of the body),” he said.

“Now, it’s tested through blood so a lot of people are not aware that it can be tested with blood.”

He said reluctance on the part of men to share their pain with family members was also an issue.

“Secondly, a lot of people cannot talk about it even in the family, people are quite about what they go through so it is through the presentation where we are telling them ‘look this can be treated, and you need to see a doctor’.

“A lot of people were very reserved because of maybe the testing and secondly because of they don’t want to share it, they just want to keep it to themselves.”

He said people were “ashamed of talking about it with their friends especially in the villages” as they were scared that it might become the “talk of the village”.

He said there was a need for people to open up about their sufferings.

“I think the stigma that is there is that people need to come up openly and also encourage families to have this discussion.

“For prostate cancer, we need to see that this stigma is broken, where open dialogue is happening inside the home, in the community, workplace, even inside the churches.”

He urged people to get checked.

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