The government has strengthened its partnership with the Samoa Cancer Society.
Speaking at the Pinktober Parade, Acting Prime Minister Papali’itele Niko Lee Hang, reiterated the government’s support.
“Rest assured the government is not sitting on its laurels and we hear and appreciate your cries, and concerns,” said the Acting Prime Minister.
He added that government is also continuing her search for latest treatment available for our cancer patients.
“For instance your government is looking at a permanent cost effective arrangement for our cancer patients to receive the latest state of the art treatments available in India."
“But the fact remains that too often precious lives are interrupted or cut short by cancer. Breast cancer, according to the Samoa Cancer Society is the most common cancer among Samoan women and is responsible for the majority of deaths every year.”
The Acting P.M. also took note of the fact that breast cancer does not discriminate and it can strike anyone regardless of who you are reiterating the call for to raise awareness of cancer and its symptoms so it can be can easily identified and more effectively treat it.
“This month, as we honor those whose lives were tragically cut short by breast cancer and as we stand with their families, let us arm ourselves with the best knowledge, tools, and resources available to fight this devastating disease,” continued Papaliitele.
“Regular screenings and quality care are vital to improving outcomes for thousands of women, and we are making strides in improving treatment options.”
In appreciation of government support, the Cancer Society presented a picture of the Apia town clock painted pink symbolizing the government endorsement.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi had endorsed the initiative by the Society for the memorial clock to be painted pink.