Samoa Cancer Society continues to conduct outreach awareness on early warning signs and symptoms for cancer.
These village and workplace programs help dispel myths about cancer and the importance of early detection and early diagnosis.
Lefaga College was the location of last weeks’ outreach and focused on lung and child cancer.
Using the platform of the society’s current media promotion, the three key messages of “Vave iloa, Vave vaai se fomai and Vave vili mai” (early detection, see a doctor for advice quickly and call early) were promoted to over 100 students and teachers of Lefaga College last Thursday (15th June) morning.
The main purpose of the outreach was to increase the knowledge of the early signs and symptoms of childhood and lung cancers to the group and to encourage students to NOT take up smoking and to maintain a HEALTHY diet and lifestyle, as priority preventative measures in lowering their risk of getting cancer.
The students (and teachers) appreciated learning more about the signs and symptoms of cancer and risk factors that can increase the likelihood of getting cancer, “ia faamalosia le faasolo o polokalame faalauiloa i aoga taitasi, nuu, ekalesia ma le atunuu atoa” said one 14year old student.