SUVA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The increase in the number of cancers in both males and females in Fiji is alarming, Ministry of Health Divisional Medical Officer West, Susana Nakalevu said Wednesday.
Nakalevu said cancers such as breast, cervix, endometrium and ovary were the main contributors to the case increases and mortality rates, compared to other form of cancers for females.
She said for male cancers, prostate, liver and rectal were prevalent.
Nakalevu said the high death rate for certain cancers especially cervical and breast were due to late detection.
She said from 2000 to 2009, incidence of cancer were between 300 to 500 cases annually and a sharp increase was noted from 2010 to 2015 with incidences doubling to 1,000 and even tripled with the highest number noted in 2014 to be 1,682.
She stressed the importance of early detection through screening and effective management and follow ups.