BY TARIQ SHAH
ISLAMABAD; Thousands of precious lives are lost every year from breast cancer just because of mere ignorance. Breast Cancer is the only cancer if diagnosed at early stage chances of survival are more than 90%. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that we will extend full support to the “Pink Ribbon”for creating early detection and ensuring saving lives. He said this in his message on the awareness campaign of “Pink Ribbon” being commemorated in October.
The Speaker said that the pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. For this purpose, Parliament house illuminated into pink lights in support of Pink Ribbon. This illumination is a part of national breast cancer awareness drive which starts from 1st October to 31st of the month. At the parliament house building; the illumination will last for three days. During these three days, Speaker national assembly and other parliamentarian will also express their concerns over this extremely dominant health issue among Pakistani women.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer for any Asian population in the world. It is the most frequent malignancy in women, and accounts for 38.5% of all female cancers which is 90,000 new cases every year. About half (43.7%) of all breast cancers are locally advanced accounting to 40,000 deaths per year. He said that as per the new statistics, almost 10.2 million Pakistani women are at high risk of getting breast cancer in their life span. These alarming stats require serious concerns of every citizen of the country.
Chief Executive Officer Pink Ribbon Mr. Omer Aftab said this is a very significant and historical moment in the fight against breast cancer in Pakistan. Involvement of such sanctified institute has provided hope to thousands of breast cancer patients in Pakistan. Mr. Aftab further added” Pink Ribbon has proposed establishment of 5 major breast cancer hospitals in all provincial capitals of Pakistan, this is not just merely a proposal as with the support of public philanthropists we have already started the construction of Pakistan’s first dedicated breast cancer hospital in Lahore.