Alvi seeks chambers of commerce role in breast cancer awareness campaign

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President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday urged the country’s chambers of commerce and industry to become partners in the breast cancer awareness campaign for encouraging women to conduct regular self-examination and seek medical advice for early diagnosis of the deadly disease, which could lead to complete cure and enable patients to live a healthy life.

The president expressed these views during a meeting with senior representatives of various chambers of commerce and industry. First Lady Begum Samina Arif Alvi was also present during the meeting.

Representatives from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI), Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), Rawalpindi Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RWCCI) and Attock Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) attended the meeting.

Moreover, the representatives of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) virtually participated in the meeting, a press release issued by the President’s Media Wing said.

The president said Pakistan had the highest rate of breast cancer than any other Asian country, as around 90,000 cases were diagnosed every year in the country.

He added that early detection and proper treatment could save many precious lives, as almost 98% of breast cancer cases could be cured if diagnosed at an early stage.

President Alvi emphasized that all the chambers of commerce and industry could play a vital role in creating awareness regarding the breast cancer and its prevention by conveying the message of self-examination and diagnosis across the country in the industries under their purview.

“Shops, malls and commercial centers could be used for displaying awareness messages, brochures and other relevant materials in this regard,” he added

The president also suggested that the homepages of the websites of chambers of commerce and businesses could be used for promoting the cause of breast cancer in an effective manner.—APP

 

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