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General Questions

What Causes cancer?

Cancer is a disease of the cells which make up the body. The body constantly makes new cells to help us grow, replace worn-out tissue and heal injuries. Normally, cells multiply and die in an orderly way. Sometimes cells don’t grow, divide and die in the usual way, and they continue to multiply abnormally. This may form a lump called a tumour. A tumour can be benign (non cancerous) or malignant (cancerous)

Is cancer a death sentence?

NO. Most cancers can now be cured and many more can be treated effectively. The most important thing is to catch them early and visit your doctor.

Is there any treatment for cancer?

YES. When caught early, cancer can be treated. In Samoa there are many treatment options that can be discussed with your doctor or the Samoa Cancer Society.

What about Traditional Healers and Fofo Samoa?

Samoan massage and traditional healers are NOTscientifically proven. It is always absolutely critical to consult your doctor as soon as you notice any changes and follow their advice.

Is cancer a punishment for my sins?

NO. Cancer can affect anyone, anywhere. Prayer and community support are important but they are not a cure. It is important to visit a doctor and follow their advice as early as possible.

How can I help prevent cancer?

Some things that can reduce your risk of developing certain forms of cancer are:

  1. Exercising regularly;
  2. Healthy eating (reduce your intake of salt and fatty foods and increase the vegetables and fruit in your diet);
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Staying at a healthy weight.

What symptoms should I look for in my children?

CLICK HERE to view the symptoms of childhood cancer. If you notice any changes in your children take them to visit a doctor as soon as possible.

How do I check for Breast Cancer?

Get to know your breasts by checking them each month and taking note of any changes. CLICK HERE for more information in Samoan.

About Cancer

There are many online resources and websites with useful, accurate and current information about different forms of cancer. Some of these are hyperlinked below. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer, or you would like further information, please contact your health professional or come in and visit one of our Senior Community Nurses

Call for Support

For any enquires or assistance, please Samoa cancer society. We strive to ensure all parties are well informed about cancer and its issues.

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