Editorial comment: Early detection is important

WOWS Kids Fiji with parents and volunteers during their family fun day at Lautoka’ s Children Park. Picture: BALJEET SINGH/FILE

THE early detection of cancer can save lives.

Cancer can be quite frightening for the masses.

There is a rather strong association with death.

That much for the masses is quite frightening.

Any link to cancer inches out fear, a sense of dread, uncertainty and death.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t have to inch out all those negative thoughts only.

This is where early detection comes in. It matters in the end.

Fighting cancer should be about embracing the reality that there is hope in early detection.

This has to be at the forefront of this battle against cancer.

It must start a shift in mindset Yesterday both the Fiji Cancer Society and WOWS organisations pushed the importance of early detection as a critical part of their message.

Fiji Cancer Society program manager Josephine Oyagawa stressed it while speaking at the organisation’s open day in Suva yesterday.

She said more than 100 people attended the open day and took advantage of their services.

The response, she said, was good.

“This is a good sign for FCS. We want more men and women to take this seriously.

“Now since our message is getting out there, we have seen people coming out in numbers now.

“We want to continue to do more on awareness and public speaking on our services.”

There were more than 100 cases of cancer recorded by FCS last year, she said.

On the other end of the divide, parents and guardians should make it their business to know the early signs of childhood cancer.

That was the message by Walk On, Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji team leader, Viola Lesi, during their first Market Day for 2019 at their Resource Centre in Suva yesterday.

The markets, she said, would be held every two months to raise funds for the organisation.

She said they hoped that as people came to the market they would be exposed and educated about child cancer issues in the country.

Early detection, she said, is the best protection.

“The early signs of childhood cancer and child cancer needs in the country are very important,” she said.

The messages are the same. They speak of detection and why it is important for us to be aware of symptoms.

At the end of the day, there is hope. That important message is for the masses.

Both organisations are playing important roles in the dissemination of relevant information that should assist us to understand cancer better.

They deserve our support and acknowledgement.

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