October is breast cancer awareness month, marked in countries across the world. This month helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease. Pakistan has the highest incidence of Breast Cancer in Asia. An estimate of 1 in 10 women may develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. The majority of deaths (269,000) occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services.
An awareness seminar on breast cancer, organized by Zimal Society, was held on October 20, 2020. Dr. Naila Jabeen Consultant at Chughtai Medical Center was the guest speaker. She guided thoroughly that self examination of body is the part of our survival because many times we are unaware of disease that grows and suddenly becomes severe (life threatening). Breast cancer is one of them. So she recommended self examination and if you find any irregular change, consult doctor early. Take a healthy diet and do exercise because now a days we take anything in our diet without knowing its side effects. Prof. Dr. Rehana Sharif (Staff Advisor, Zimal Society, UET Lahore) and Dr. Shamaila Shahzadi and other female faculty members and students from different department participated in this seminar.
Another awareness seminar on breast cancer was organized by Zimal Society on October 28, 2020. Dr. Humera Batool, Senior Medical Officer Health Clinic UET Lahore, was the guest speaker. She raised awareness on the issue of breast cancer and talked about the factors that increase the risk of breast cancer. Family history and age factor increase the chance of breast cancer. She recommend early detection strategies for awareness of early signs and symptoms and screening by clinical examination. Prof. Dr. Rehana Sharif, Prof. Dr. Neelum Naz, Shahida Nazir (PRO) and other female faculty members and students from different department participated in the awareness lecture.