CANCER is also a Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) similar to diabetes, hypertension and other lifestyle diseases.
This was the statement of Non-Communicable Disease coordinator Nevalyn Laesango during the commemoration of Pinktober at the National Referral Hospital last week.
Mrs Laesango said cancer is an NCD which means it is also a lifestyle disease therefore we must start changing our unhealthy lifestyles.
“Changing lifestyles by eating healthy food with enough daily exercises including a stop to unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol can greatly help in preventing the formation of cancer in our bodies.
“Therefore, it is important that we all start to change from our unhealthy lifestyles”, said Mrs Laesango.
Former Miss Solomon Islands, cancer advocate and NRH pharmacist Ms Gladys Habu also spoke during the Pinktober event.
Ms Habu said during her reign as Miss Solomon Islands, she led the work with the Cancer Unit team to establish the NRH Cancer Trust Fund with support of Bank South Pacific.
She said many individuals, organisations and private firms supported the initiative.
“One thing is certain. There are a lot of individuals, organizations and private firms who would like to also help and thus it is important that we continue to build and maintain genuine relationships,” Ms Habu said.
She said Dr Soma and herself are happy to be the contact persons for this Trust Fund Account should there be willingness and interest to provide financial support towards the Cancer Centre.
Mothers, who also attended the event, cut the Pinktober cake.