A Midas touch that cures breast cancer | By Parvez Jamil 

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A Midas touch that cures breast cancer


FEMALES, our beloved mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, nieces and all our gracious ladies: “haves” or “have nots”; fear not breast cancer.

It is learning and believing by doing: A Midas touch that cures breast cancer. A three-pronged strategy makes a breast cancer patient’s world go round.

First, love and trust ALLAH for HIS choicest blessings. Secondly, learn to live it up with self-confidence and will power. Thirdly, help breast cancer patients with affordable and durable treatment and healthcare.

It is where seeing is believing and testing is confirming for a breast cancer patient and her helping hands, with faith in Allah and in oneself, stage is well-set for treatment and medi-care indeed. Amid a relaxed and random start one finds relief from breast pain by taking one of the following supplements: ginger, turmeric, magnesium, black cohosh, castor oil and omega-3 etc.

Breast cancer survivors who eat a diet high in vegetable, fruit, whole grains, chicken, and fish tend to live longer than those who eat a diet which has more refined sugar, fat, red meat (such as beef and lamb) and processed meat.

Kale, arugula, spinach, mustard greens and chard are just a few of the leafy green vegetables that have anticancer properties.

Leafy green vegetables contain carotenoid antioxidants, including beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin associated with reduced breast cancer risk.

Fruit like peaches, apples and pears safeguard against breast cancer. Those who consumed at least two servings of peaches per week had up to a 41% reduced risk of developing breast cancer.

As such, breast cancer: sees and feels scary but trust not to worry, it is truly and fully curable with its swollen lymph nodes under the arms, swelling at the breast, skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain, nipple retraction and redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin.

Easier said than done but the viable option and common treatment for breast cancer is surgery. This involves removing the tumour and nearby margins. Surgical options may include a lumpectomy, partial mastectomy, radical mastectomy and reconstruction.

Allah is, indeed, the source of solace, strength and success as humanity prays for the affordable and durable treatment of as horrendous an agony as breast cancer for those concerned, especially less-privileged near and dear ones of the nation.

According to GoP and NGO sources, breast cancer is getting out of control in our country in terms of awareness, treatment and medi-care.

It is a question of confidence building, seriousness of purpose and remedial measures. Statistics say that one out of nine women is at risk of having breast cancer in Pakistan and 40,000 women die from breast cancer every year in Pakistan.

Average 90,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the country and over 10 million in Pakistan are at risk of Breast Cancer. Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer in the whole of Asia. Alarming!

—The writer is an educationist, based in Karachi.

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