Atomic Energy Cancer Hospital (AECH), Karachi Institute for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine (KIRAN) organized Breast Cancer Awareness Program at the hospital in which speakers highlighted the hassles of the fatal disease.
Purpose of the month long campaign is to raise public awareness for the women affected by this devastated disease.
Renowned actress, model and fashion designer, Nadia Hussain, was the chief guest and speaking on the occasion, she laid stress upon early detection of the disease and asked media to play their role in spreading awareness about taking precautionary steps.
Talking to the media persons on the occasion, Dr. Akhter Ahmed, Director KIRAN underscored that every year October Month is observed as a breast cancer awareness month across the world.
In pursuit of the noble cause we also arranged this WALK and Awareness Program at AECH (KIRAN) Hospital yesterday.
This activity is done every year and purpose of this program is to aware public about the early detection of the disease through mammography.
We do free screening mammography throughout this month for those women who are older than 40 years and want this test for early detection of the disease.
The awareness program has been designed to encourage and support people living with breast cancer, educate and spread awareness of breast cancer with the view to building a stronger, healthier community where no person faces breast cancer alone.
Breast cancer became the most commonly diagnosed cancer type in the world in 2020.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates that there were more than 2.26 million new cases of breast cancer and almost 685 000 deaths from breast cancer worldwide in 2020. Breast cancer was the fifth most common cause of cancer death overall.
IARC estimates that by 2040 the incidence of breast cancer will increase by more than one third, to more than 3 million new cases per year, and breast cancer mortality will increase by more than one half, to more than 1 million deaths per year.
The speakers asked everyone to participate in the campaign to spread awareness and show their support.
‘Together, through community and solidarity, we can spread awareness about this disease and support people we love and care about,’ they added.