Early detection of cancer still remains a concern for Fiji.
In launching the World Cancer Day in Suva over the weekend, Fiji’s Deputy Prime Minister Manoa Kamikamica says now more than ever people need to work together to help patients get the help they need.
“First and foremost, we must prioritise prevention and early detection. This means investing in community-based education and screening programs, particularly in under-resourced areas – alongside removing financial barriers to preventive services so that no one has to choose between their health and their financial security.”
Kamikamica said the fear of death continues to be a main factor in victims taking long to seek help and sometimes this is too late to get the appropriate help.
“That is why early detection is so important, because being diagnosed at later stages limits treatment options and often the outcomes are less favorable – a crossroad no family has to brave considering the financial burden that comes with cancer care, forcing families to make impossible choices between healthcare and other basic necessities.”
The gathering also heard from health professionals and acknowledged the hard work done by those involved in the care of cancer patients.