Ignorance is fatal while awareness is power; about 75 percent of breast cancer victims in Pakistan come to hospital at the last stage while this ratio is only 10 percent in the western countries, said oncologists while addressing an awareness seminar on breast cancer at the Government College University, Lahore. About 600 students attended the seminar held under the auspices of the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell and Surgical Oncology Society Pakistan.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman also met with the oncologists and laid a stress on initiating indigenous research projects on advanced biology, lasers, MRIs and cancer medicines. He said that GCU would continue to arrange awareness campaigns for the health of its students, as a healthy body was essential for a healthy mind.
Addressing the seminar, eminent surgical oncologist Prof. Muhammad Arshad Cheema said that there was frightening increase in the ratio of breast cancer in Pakistan, and now every 8th woman in the country was at the risk of suffering from this fatal disease. However, he said that awareness about this cancer was near to nil. He called upon the students to spread the awareness about this fatal disease in their families and neighbors with a core message that “early detection is the best prevention against cancer.