ISLAMABAD, Nov 18 (DNA): The Maroof International Hospital (MIH) in
collaboration with the National Press Club (NPC) organized a breast
cancer awareness program here on Saturday.
Addressing the event, speakers urged women to regularly conduct
self-examination and self-diagnosis for the early detection of breast
Haroon Naseer the CEO of Maroof Int’l Hospital appreciated the efforts
and interest of the First Lady, who is leading the breast cancer
awareness campaign in the country. He also vowed her resolve to continue
organizing such awareness activities for breast cancer awareness for the
masses. He added the awareness campaigns have contributed to an increase
in reported cases of breast cancer patients and decreased death ratio.
He expressed satisfaction with the continued support of the breast
cancer awareness program through screening facilities at Maroof Int’l
Addressing the seminar Dr. Mir Waheed, Medical Director MIH said that
worldwide, female breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the most
commonly diagnosed cancer.
An estimated 2,261,419 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in
women across the world in 2020. The prevalence of breast cancer is the
highest in Asian countries like India and Pakistan. He said that it had
been reported that approximately 178,388 new breast cancer cases were
registered in Pakistan in 2020. At some stage of life, one in nine
Pakistani women had become the patient of breast cancer, Dr. Waheed
During the panel discussion Associate Prof. Dr. Saira Mehmood said, in
Asia, Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer. She said young
women also present at advanced stage of breast cancer, which has a
negative effect on prognosis.
Dr. Yasser Rehman Medical Oncologist, Dr. Nabia Tariq HOD OBS and Gynae,
Dr. Aisah Amin HOD Radiology and Ms. Zubia Zubair Psychologist and
Psychotherapist of MIH, and Shakeela Jaleel a journalist were the
panelists while Dr Gulafshana Hafeez Gynecologist and Rubina Afzal HOD
Corporate Business were the moderators.
They said that a number of breast cancer cases at the early stages have
almost doubled in different hospitals of the country due to awareness
and an increase in reporting. They added that health of women is
essential to achieve the dream of a healthy Pakistan. They said that
healthy and active women can play their role in the socio-economic
development of the country.
Senior journalist and Finance Secretary National Press Club Nayyar Ali
also addressed the seminar.