The Breast Cancer Day was observed at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) at its Hanifa Suleman Dawood auditorium. The event was largely attended by the doctors, paramedics, medical students and other hospital employees. The event was also telecasted on social media, with the aim to increase public awareness about early detection of breast cancer. Dr. Bushra Shirazi from the breast surgery oncology department of SIUT said that in our country 90,000 cases are diagnosed every year and approximately half of them die because of late presentation. 1 in 9 Pakistani women may develop breast cancer. Highlighting the last three years of the department she said that we have treated about 500 breast cancer patients’ majority are between the ages of 30-50 years. The Breast oncology clinic is held on Mondays on the first floor of Hanifa Suleman Dawood oncology building. It is a combined clinic run in a joint approach with breast surgeons, medical, radiation oncologist and radiologist. Talking about breast cancer and its various treatments Dr Narjis Muzaffar said that the services provided at the clinic are from clerking in a new patient to onsite breast ultrasounds and biopsies which cuts down the waiting period for diagnosis and treatment. She highlighted that the breast unit provides treatment under one roof including diagnostics, Surgery, Chemotherapy facilities and Radiation therapy. Among the others who spoke on the occasion from SIUT included Dr Uzma Malik (Radiation Oncologist), Dr Sana Saqib (Radiologist), Dr. Shaheera Shakil (Histopathology), Ms. Rabia Basri (Dietician) and Ms. Staff Hameeda (Chemotherapy nursing staff).
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