The Samoa Cancer Society conducted another ‘Vave’ awareness programme on the island of Apolima and the Sui o Nu’u last Wednesday.
Education and early detection messages on Lung and Childhood cancers gave participants a better insight on ‘what is cancer’; risk factors that cause cancer; early detection of cancer; and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
Tied in with the ‘Vave’ key messages of ‘vave iloa, vave vaai se fomai and vave vili mai’, the programs aimed to teach the community of Apolima, the importance of knowing the early warning signs and symptoms of cancer and to reach out early for medical advice from a doctor. Lung and childhood cancers can be treatable and curable – when detected and treated early.
Participants were attentive and eager to learn about these cancers as well as the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. They were pleased to have been given the opportunity to come together and learn the importance of early detection – Vave iloa – and to whom and where to go to for further advice and information.
The Society continues to work together with government, partners, organizations and volunteers to broaden the reach of these messages throughout Samoa. For these particular outreaches, SCS was assisted by a volunteer staff member of EMD (Events, Marketing & Distribution Co Ltd), who helped with set up, registration, questionnaires and media work. This not only benefits the NGO with volunteer assistance, but it also promotes the spirit of community volunteerism and corporate social responsibility. The Vave National Cancer Campaign has been made possible through the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP)