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Nancy Niumataiwalu and Elina Ranadi the volunteers of the Fiji Cancer Society during open day yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

THE Fiji Cancer Society (FCS) was overwhelmed with the response shown by women at its open day in Suva yesterday.

FCS media officer Kaliova Turagaiviu said more than 100 women turned up to take advantage of the initiative.

“The main reason for hosting the open day was that we want to help the general public know about early detection of cancers,” Mr Turagaiviu said.

“One problem we always have encountered in Fiji is late presentation. People are presenting late in the terminal stages and it’s too late to do anything.

“We are having this open day so that we can address this issue. Just to get information out there and encourage people to talk about it.”

He said one of the main messages FCS preached every day was that early detection saved lives.

“We have screenings today for breast examination and also Pap smear for cervical cancer. We also have membership drive and volunteer drive,” he said.

“For survivors who had undergone breast surgeries, they come in as well. “The FCS also provides bra prosthetics for those who had surgeries. “One of the problems we see is that people when they feel a lump, they go see the doctor, their results come out and it is positive, so they don’t know what to do. Some of them go home and then that is the last we hear about them.”

He emphasised FCS wanted people to know that they were in the business of saving lives and they acted as middleman between the patients and clinicians.

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