USP Lautoka Campus

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USP Lautoka Campus hosts Pinktober Awareness

Speakers and Guest at Pink Morning Tea
Speakers and Guest cutting cake at Pinktober morning tea

The University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus hosted the Pinktober Morning Tea event on Wednesday October 23rd to create further awareness on the deadly disease “Cancer”.

According to the Ministry of Health cancer cases in Fiji have steadily increased over the past several years and it is now the 3rd most common cause of death in Fiji.

In Fiji, most common types of cancer in women are breast and cervical and in men prostate, liver, rectum and lung cancer are becoming more common.

Speaking at the Pinktober event at the Lautoka Campus, Fiji Cancer Society’s board member from the west Margaret Rounds stressed that they are very grateful to USP for their continuous support over the last number of years. She revealed that Pinktober Morning Tea event around the country in the month of October funds the Fiji Cancer Society in its fight against cancer.

Mrs. Rounds pointed out that Pinktober’s focus is on women’s cancer particularly breast and cervical cancer. She emphasized that this month is also a time to think about all other cancers and how we can identify early warning signs so that people are diagnosed and treated in its early stages.

“Most cancers if diagnosed in its early stages are curable and this is our biggest challenge as too many men and women are diagnosed in its late stages which is too late for the treatment. “We need to ensure and commit to regular screening and checks and we need to encourage each other at any community level to do so,” she reiterated.

She added that last year the Fiji Cancer Society raised a total of $286, 151.00 during the Pinktober morning tea from around the country.

Specialist physician and dermatologist Dr.Sakiusa Mainawalala revealed that reduction in consumption of meat and dairy products is one of the simplest solutions towards reducing occurrence of cancer cases.

Dr Mainawalala informed that a simple wholesome plant based nutrition is the answer to avoiding cancer.

Cancer survivors Cynthia Cebujeno informed that she was only able to revitalise her health by choosing a regular healthy diet.

She stressed that early detection through continuous check-ups also ensured that she gets cured at the preliminary stages.

Remedial Massage Therapist Marie D Baty pointed out that people have to really look at their diet and see their illness as a gift and take out time to change their lifestyle.

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