Monthly cancer screening initiative

Katrin Dressino (second from right) with some of the female staff members during the pre-launch of the pink passport program to raise awareness on breast cancer at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

MORE than 200 women employed at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay will now have the opportunity to undergo breast and cervical cancer screening each month.

The initiative was introduced to staff members yesterday by Katrin Dressino, the wife of the resort’s general manager Silvano Dressino, in an effort to break stigmas attached with cancer screening in the country.

Last year cancer screening organised at the resort only attracted 14 staff members out of the 202 female employees.

Mrs Dressino said one of their associates had experienced a scare last year after she thought she had a lump in her breast.

“My husband informed her to get an appointment so she went to Lautoka (hospital) and when they wanted to do the mammogram, they couldn’t find the slides and she was so upset, she wanted to be all right and know what was going on,” she said.

“We made an appointment and we sent her to Suva and she got her mammogram done, and it turns out she had just a cyst but it was such a scare for her.”

On Friday, each female staff member at the resort will receive a pink passport, a document that outlines their health history.

According to Mrs Dressino, this was going to be launched on International Women’s Day.

“Each female associate will get a little pink passport and the tests will be done on a monthly basis. For 12 stamps and one Pap smear, they will get an incentive.

“We will have a nurse coming to the hotel every month and she will do the touch and feel routine with them and if anything comes up during that, she will be able to send them to the doctors straightaway.

It won’t prevent breast cancer but it can help detect it earlier.”

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