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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some things that can reduce your risk of developing certain forms of cancer are:
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
For any enquires or assistance, please Samoa cancer society. We strive to ensure all parties are well informed about cancer and its issues.