ISLAMABAD: Breast Cancer in Pakistan is a great concern for everyone. Highest rate of breast cancer cases is found to be in Pakistan in which more than 90,000 of females are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and out of them almost 40,000 dies. Research shows that one in 10 women in Pakistan could develop this disease.
It was highlighted in a webinar on breast cancer awareness, “Breast cancer awareness: give hope, save lives”, organised by COMSATS.
Fauzia Nasreen a retired ambassador highlighted the the measures that are needed to be taken in order to prevent and overcome the disease. The webinar also highlighted the need to overcome the lack of knowledge, myths and fear related to the disease. She also emphasized on family support and the appropriate facilities.
The first step to be taken for beating this disease is the early diagnosis and affordable medical care and the women must know the techniques of self examination. she added.
An ex-associate professor and consultant at WHO (World Health Organization) Dr. Samina Naeem, told the need to break the myths and misunderstandings related to the disease.
Another doctor who was also a survivor of the disease, Dr. Fauzia Cheema, shared and enlightened the problems that are related to the treatment of breast cancer and the sociophysiological problems that the patients have to face.
Dr Farheen Raza, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) radiology, said that group discussions, public health education programs and seminars must be organised i order to overcome the disease and the myths along with the disease.
The first walki facility for free mammography is present inside PIMS known as Federal Breast Cancer Screening Test.
She also suggested to make a breast cancer clinic to help the physical, financial and the mental needs of diseased females. Steps like these will break the chain and the myths related to the disease, she added.
Host of the session Dr Azeema Fareed said disease awareness is not only needed for females but also for males as they are a part of society so that they also help the patient to overcome the fear .