Every 8th woman in country at risk of contracting breast cancer

MULTAN: The World Health Orgainsation (WHO) says that every ninth woman in the world is suffering from the breast cancer, while every eight woman can fall prey to it in Pakistan.

Talking to reporter here on Friday, Head of Oncology Department Nishtar Medical University (NMU) Dr Ahmad Ejaz Masood said breast cancer was the most common type in women in the country. He said it was a curable diseases if it was diagnosed timely, adding getting treatment was the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Girls after 20 years of age should do self-examination, the oncologist said and added that between 30 to 35 years of age, they should undergo mammography, a test for detection of the disease.

He said normally women go to doctor only when the breast cancer disease enters the critical stage.

Dr Ejaz said the Punjab government was extending free treatment facilities of the breast cancer patients at Nishtar and other public sector hospitals.

He stressed the need for creating awareness about the deadly disease. He said October is observed as the month of breast cancer awareness and Pink Day is also associated with it.