On Tuesday in Lahore Samina Alvi said that we need to identify the reason why the number of breast cancer patients in increasing in Pakistan. 90% of the breast cancer cases are treatable if only they are identified at earlier stages.
The awareness seminar on breast cancer was arranged by Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. Samina said that there should be more of educational seminars and programs that we should conduct so that we can raise consciousness on how do we prevent breast cancer and teat it.
Samina further added that it is a time where we should stop ignoring breast cancer and instead start fighting it. She said that if we diagnose it at an early age it can save the lives of many women who fall prey to this disease.
Moreover, she added that events and occasions such as these are helpful for raising awareness related to this issue its causes, measures treatments, etc. she further revealed that there is a plan in progress to provide free mammography diagnosis tests to women over a period of one month. These plans are in consultation with 66 governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The first lady appreciated the Shaukat Khanum memorial cancer hospital and research center for organizing the event and also for the conduction of research on this topic, how to prevent breast cancer, what measures should be taken on early stages and how do we treat breast cancer. She also said that this research should be widened so that we can figure out the root causes of this disease.
Chief Medical officer Asim Yousaf said at the seminar that breast cancers are one of the cancers that are most common among women all over the world he further stated that 1 out 9 women in Pakistan are at a danger of getting breast cancer.
Moreover, he told that about 40,000 women die a year in Pakistan because of breast cancer. However, he claimed that if we detect and treat breast cancer in its early stages it can improve the survival chances and increase it by 90% and this could only be achieved if we create and raise proper awareness on this disease.