According to reports, Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer in Asia, as approximately 90,000 women are diagnosed with it annually. Out of the 90,000 diagnosed, around 40,000 pass away.
Estimates reveal that one in 10 Pakistani women could develop breast cancer in their lifetime. This was highlighted by speakers at a webinar, ‘Breast cancer awareness: give hope, save lives”, organized by COMSATS.
Retired ambassador and an adviser at COMSATS, Fauzia Nasreen emphasized the importance of measures that need to be taken in order to overcome the lack of knowledge, family support, and fear related to cancer in society.
Nasreen said that an early diagnosis and timely access to affordable medical care are crucial in beating the disease. She added that women should be taught techniques of self-examination.
An ex-associate professor at Health Services Academy and consultant at World Health Organisation (WHO) Pakistan, Dr. Samina Nasreen stressed the need to encourage dialogue on the topic and break stereotypes and taboos related to the disease.
Dr. Farheen Raza from the radiology department of PIMS said that screening and the need for community-based health education, including group discussions, need to be organized.
She also suggested establishing a one-stop breast cancer clinic that will address women’s physical, cultural, mental, and financial needs.
Coordinator of the session and COMSATS representative Dr. Azeema Fareed said awareness is needed among women and men too, so they can contribute equally towards the recovery journey.
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