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Breast cancer cases on the rise


Oct 02, 2018 10:06:49 AM

Breast cancer cases on the rise Breast cancer cases in Fiji are increasing at an alarming rate and at least one or two breast cancer surgeries are conducted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) in Suva every week.

Associate Professor Surgery at FNU’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Heath Sciences (CMNHS) Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete while speaking at the launch of the Pinktober event in Suva said 128 breast cancer surgeries have been conducted at CWMH so far this year and the incidents of bread cancer are alarmingly increasing.

Dr Waqainabete, who is also a General Surgeon at the CWM Hospital, said it’s important that patients present themselves early at hospitals so they can receive treated in a timely manner.

“One of the highly rated messages in fighting breast cancer is early detection.  People should know that in Fiji, we are able to treat the early forms of breast cancer which leads to higher long-term survival rate,” reiterated Dr Waqainabete.

Fellow FNU Alumni, Dr Raghawa Sharma, who is currently a consultant pathologist at the Wesley Hospital in Australia, said it’s important that patients and their families are familiar with the diagnosis and treatment processes.

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

Dr Sharma said females need to be encouraged to undertake self-examination and visit medical facilities to undertake breast examination and mammogram.

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

By Reginald Chandar


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