Women’s fight against cancer dates back to 1600 BC. Cancer evolves due to mutation or abnormal change in the genes whereas cancerous cells spread more rapidly as compared to other cells. According to recent studies, Pakistan hits the highest number of lung cancer, breast cancer and blood cancer patients in Asia. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer found across the world. In the Recent years, the number of breast cancer patients has dramatically increased in Pakistan.
Pakistan contains the highest number of Breast Cancer Patients:
Lately, a conference conducted in Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore regarding breast cancer management stated that Pakistan is leading the highest number of breast cancer patients in Asia. The principal of Rawalpindi Medical College and Allied Hospital Chief Executive, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Umar claimed “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Pakistan as different studies show it kills nearly 40,000 women every year. According to World Health Organization, “the increasing number of breast cancer patients is not even sparing the younger age group.”
In Pakistan, one out of every 9 women is a victim of breast cancer. In October 2015, a cancer awareness seminar was held in Karachi in which many experts took part. The experts claimed in the seminar that almost 83,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 of them are unable to survive. They further claimed that in all Asian countries, Pakistan possesses the highest risk of breast cancer.
Cancer Awareness Campaigns:
October is marked as cancer awareness month all across the world. According to physicians, the most common reason for higher risk of cancer is the lack of awareness among women. Many women are unaware that what is breast cancer and what are the symptoms of it. In the month of October, the cancer awareness campaigns are held at different cities not only in Pakistan but in other countries as well. Countries across the globe are adopting various strategies to spread words of awareness among women.
In Pakistan, the pink ribbon campaign has gained immense popularity as a symbol of spreading awareness about breast cancer. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center has been organizing different events and running large scale campaigns in collaboration with celebrities and notable brands for spreading awareness about breast cancer. The idea is to influence female population to take part in such campaigns and help them adopt precautionary measures to prevent themselves from breast cancer. According to sociologists, most of the Pakistani female community consider their celebrities as their role models. So grabbing this opportunity, the female actresses are leading the campaigns. Recently, in last week, the famous Pakistani actress Ayesha Khan led the event in Fast University Lahore. Mahira khan, Maya Ali and Sanam Saeed are also actively taking part in this campaign with a slogan of
“MAKE PROMISE TO YOURSELF
TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF”
The purpose of these events and campaigns is not only to spread awareness among women but it is also for raising funds for the needy people who are unable to undergo expensive cancer treatments. It is to provide moral support to the cancer patients with gestures of sympathy and empathy.
Signs and Symptoms:
Breast cancer is not a disease that someone has control over or can prevent herself but through self-examination and early detection, the treatment is possible. In all the campaigns held in different areas of Pakistan, the different symptoms are discussed to raise the awareness of breast cancer. Since you don’t feel any pain so it is really difficult to identify it at the early stage. As communicated by Doctors, mentioned below are few signs of Breast Cancer.
- Feeling any change in how the breast or nipple feels.
- Unexplained swelling or shrinking in the breast especially if it is one sided.
- Rooted lump or tenderness near the breast or underarm area.
- Thickening in or near the breast.
- Visible change in the skin texture.
- Enlargement of Pores in the skin of the breast.
- Clear or bloody discharge from the nipple.
Experts say that this cancer is not only attacking the aged women but also the young women. You should keep examining yourself. Women who have successfully survived cancer should be more cautious as the cancerous cells are prone to regrow with double intensity after a moderate period of time.