Breast cancer in Pakistan

Mehraj Altaf

It is unfortunate that Pakistan is suffering the highest rate of cancer in all over Asia.The most common cancer in Pakistan is breast cancer. According to World Health Organization (WHO) the incidence of breast cancer is getting from bad to worse in alarming proportions. In Pakistan, nearly 40,000 women die every year, due to breast cancer.
Every 8th woman faces breast cancer during her life. In Pakistan due to the social norms, the females feel shy to say it with her family members, when she is diagnosed with the breast cancer. Mostly the patients of breast cancer come in the hospital when the cancer is at an advanced stage. I request the health authorities to create mass awareness on the disease, motivate the women to undergo the self-examination and educate them for protecting them in such cases. They should share it with their family members.
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