BAHAWALPUR: “Breast cancer is a “chronic disease” that is spreading rapidly across Asia due to lack of awareness and archaic social norms,” speakers at a seminar organised on Thursday at Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) remarked.
The speakers said the cancer could be cured if it was detected in its formative stage. They said this made it crucial to launch a comprehensive campaign to spread public awareness to save lives.
Breast cancer: Think pink
The speakers said the prohibitive cost of treating the cancer and lack of awareness regarding it had culminated in one in nine people suffering from the disease. They said this called for concerted efforts. They said the media and educational institutions had a pivotal role to essay with regard to raising awareness about the cancer.
The speakers said there was a pressing need for their cooperation in this regard as backwardness, poverty and paucity of health facilities had exacerbated the prevalence of the disease. They called for relevant efforts to mount a concerted effort to curb the prevalence of the disease and revamp the state of public health. Those present on the occasion were exhorted to proliferate what they learnt at the seminar by the speakers. Asia Shahid of Bahawal Victoria Hospital shed light on the symptoms, diagnostic process and treatment of the cancer. Maimoona Ghani of the IUB also spoke at the seminar. Over 200 Islamia University students and instructors were present on the occasion. The event was jointly organised BY IUB, the Higher Education Campaign and the Pink Ribbon Campaign Pakistan.