19 Nov 2007

US provides more funding to fight cancer in the Pacific

6:02 am on 19 November 2007

The United States is providing more funding for the Pacific countries aligned with it to increase the capacity of health services to fight cancer.

These countries are CNMI, Guam, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and Hawaii.

Dr Neal Palafox of the University of Hawaii says the funding from the Centre for Disease Control shows that Pacific health issues are now widely recognised and supported at the highest levels.

Dr Palafox says some of the money from the grant will be used to develop a web based Pacific Cancer registry.

He says most of the money will go towards education and preventative measures.

"Implement that plan so it gives you an infrastructure to do those types of things. But with this money you leverage other resources that will provide the actual clinical services."