Cancer can be prevented if we make necessary changes to our lifestyle – Chan

Cancer can be prevented if we make necessary changes to our lifestyle – Chan

By Mosese Raqio
Wednesday 09/08/2023
Fiji Cancer Society (FCS) Board Member Margaret Rounds

Cancer is the third highest killer in Fiji, but it can be prevented if we make the necessary changes as our lives depend on it.

These were the words of Fiji Cancer Society (FCS) CEO Belinda Chan while speaking at the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea campaign in Nadi this morning.

Chan says the key to whether a person develops NCDs like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease is in their hands and they need to play an active part in improving their lifestyle for better health now and for their future.

She says it can be as simple as considering the balance between sweet treats and healthier options such as dips with vegetable sticks or whole meal chicken salad sandwiches.

Chan says healthier options are just as delicious and better for the longer term.

Meanwhile, what began as a humble gesture 18 years ago has today become the biggest fundraiser awareness drive for Fiji Cancer society.

The BFBMT campaign which started way back in 2006 in a small way has over the years helped save the lives of thousands of cancer patients around the country by providing crucial patient care and support while creating awareness and advocacy on cancer at the same time.

Motibhai Group Executive Director Bhupendra Patel says the morning tea hosted this morning raised $40,136.60, which is the highest amount recorded since its inception.

Patel says this iconic event has provided patient care and support and helped save thousands of lives over the years and this is a major achievement not only for the Fiji Cancer Society but for everyone at Motibhai Group.

This year, the Fiji Cancer Society is launching their “Small Cuppa, Big Impact” café program to run throughout this year.

CEO Chan says cafes serve thousands of cuppas every year and she is asking these cafes to join the society and donate part of their proceeds towards the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea campaign.

Chan emphasised that morning tea events that raise ten dollars are as important as those that raise $1,000 or more.

She adds every dollar helps the society fund their important patient support and cancer prevention programs.

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