Early detection, treatment key to successful treatment of breast cancer


KARACHI: At least 40% of women are dying only because their cancer disease is not being properly diagnosed in early phase in Pakistan. If detected and treated timely the first and second stage of breast cancer could be successfully cured, a moot was told here Monday.

The seminar on Breast Cancer was organized by Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology’s Department of Microbiology in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Association.

The program was aimed at to spread awareness among women about breast cancer and its disastrous consequences if not diagnosed early.

FUUAST’s acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Salam D Mohammad said one woman from every nine women suffers from breast cancer in Pakistan, which is alarming situation for the health department and government.

He said Asia continent braves the largest number of breast cancer cases in world, adding there is dire need of educating our females about the disease. He said our national media has to play a pivotal role in this regard.

FUUAST’s Registrar Asif Ali said there is dire need of arranging such informative seminars and sessions in collaboration with media, academia and NGOs. Awareness is the first tool to deal with any kind of disease, he added.

Dr Rofina Soomro said that research shows that the breast cancer usually hit a woman when she gives birth to her baby at age of less than 20 years or more than 30 years. She said breast cancer risks are higher in unmarried women of mature age and also who use excessive oily cooked things. She said exposure to dangerous radioactive rays is yet another risk factor.

The program was attended by a large number of students, faculty members and people from different walks of life.