MEDIA RELEASE: FFA raises funds to contribute to Pinktober Campaign

HONIARA, 1 November, 2019 – October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month or Pinktober because of Pink Ribbon Day (25 October).


The Pinktober campaign shines a spotlight on breast cancer awareness and highlights the work of all national cancer bodies. Funds are raised to assist with the treatment and care of patients and support research. Research which will detect tumours earlier, improve outcomes and ultimately save lives


FFA recognised the importance of this issue with an organised morning tea with Guest Speaker, Dr. Andrew Soma, Head of the Cancer Unit at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, informing staff about the work of the Cancer Registry and Oncology Department. In his speech, Dr Soma highlighted the risks and signs of breast cancer, and other cancers in Solomon Islands.


“This campaign provides an important opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on our community, particularly here in the Solomon Islands. Each of us can relate to this cause, as we know someone who is going through cancer or has passed because of cancer,” said FFA Director General, Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen.  She further emphasised that “FFA is very supportive of the incredible work done by Dr Soma, his team and colleagues at the National Referral Hospital."


FFA staff contributed financially to a fund that is to be handed over to the Oncology Department to assist with treatment for those diagnosed with cancer.



For more information and photos contact Donna Hoerder, FFA Media, ph: +677 773309, [email protected]

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