ISLAMABAD : We are observing the International Day Against Breast Cancer to highlight this critical issue with the aim of creating awareness about its early diagnosis to reduce the high mortality rate in Pakistan.
In our country, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer as almost 44% of cancer cases in women are that of breast cancer. There is a 98% chance of a complete recovery from breast cancer if diagnosed in its early stages. However, social stigmas in Pakistan often deter women from seeking early diagnosis, resulting in an almost 50% death rate.
This alarming situation can be improved by ensuring timely detection and early-stage treatment. I have been encouraging women to adopt the habit of self-examination and timely consult healthcare professionals if they find any lump in their chest area. For the past five years, we’ve been advocating for monthly self-examinations, and we have been able to remove social stigmas and educate the people through our awareness campaigns.
It is heartening that our efforts bore fruit and we have witnessed an increase in the reporting of early-stage breast cancer cases in hospitals. This year, too, we reaffirm our commitment to continue our campaign to highlight the importance of self-examination, early detection, and timely treatment. I would also like to urge the media to join hands in this noble cause to sensitize the people about this disease, and help save lives.
I am confident that together we can reduce the breast cancer mortality in Pakistan.