Breast cancer among young girls on the rise

Karachi: President Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health (PNFWH) Dr Shershah Syed on Monday said breast cancer cases among young girls are on the rise in Pakistan, while the disease had almost been eliminated in rest of the world.

He informed while addressing a press conference jointly organized by PNFWH, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), All Pakistan Women Association (APWA), Tehrik-e-Niswan and Advance Educational Institute and Research Centre (AEIRC).

He said breast cancer is inherited disease which transmits from mothers to daughters. He said a great number of rural women develop breast cancer every year, who are not able to get treatment at early stage when it is curable. He said young women should not die because of breast cancer and should not suffer due to lack of knowledge. He said western countries through proper awareness and education have successfully controlled this disease.

He said creating awareness regarding this lethal disease is necessary in order to make our society safe. He suggested the government to appoint midwives or nurses at educational institutions for awareness.

Dr Shershah said Pakistani women were facing serious health issues related to breast, ovarian, cervical and uterine cancers. He said: “There is no system in our health centers for screening various cancers in high risk population. Big number of women are also suffering and dying because of increasing incidence of Hepatitis-C. It is noticeable that the despite the presence of vaccine against cervical cancer, majority of our girls are not vaccinated against this disease.”

He said in developed countries, the incidence of cervical cancer is decreasing drastically and soon disease would disappear in these countries. He said serious efforts are needed to make cervical cancer free Pakistan.

Sadaf Hameed of AEIRC showed extreme concern about organized violence against women and failure of government to protect them. She said women were feeling insecure in the society. She said government and political parties were not serious about women issues, their right of life and health.

General Secretary PMA Karachi Qazi Wasiq said without the help of civil society and community, it was not possible to provide equal right to women. He said women should be given equal right of education and health as no country in the world could make progress without the role of women.

The speakers demanded that the all girls should get compulsory education, all women should have right to basic and emergency obstetrical care in country and no women should die during child birth, all tertiary government should provide treatment of cancer to poor women, free vaccination against Hepatitis-B and cervical cancer.

Sadaf informed that PMA, APWA, Tehrik-e-Niswan, AEIRC and PNFWH are jointly organizing first International Women Conference in Karachi on 25 June 2014 at APWA Auditorium to highlight the medical, social, cultural and women right issues in Pakistan.

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