- First Lady urges members of civil society to join hands in making treatment of breast cancer afforda ..
First Lady Urges Members Of Civil Society To Join Hands In Making Treatment Of Breast Cancer Affordable
KARACHI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Oct, 2020 ) :First Lady Begum Samina Alvi Sunday urged members of civil society to join hands in making the diagnostic and treatment of breast cancer disease affordable for all Pakistanis, especially the underprivileged.
The first lady was expressing her views as a chief guest at an event held to create public awareness of the disease and to raise funds for the treatment of patients in need, a press release said issued here.
During her speech, Begum Samina Alvi highlighted the importance of early diagnosis of the disease.
They also discussed a number of myths about the disease such as that a woman was shielded from breast cancer if no one in her family had suffered from the disease or the mistaken belief that breastfeeding could protect one from the disease.
Dr Abida K. Sattar, head of breast surgery and Director of the Comprehensive Breast Surgery Programme at AKUH said that breast cancer was not preventable but it was completely treatable if caught early.
"It often requires a combination of treatments such as medicine, radiation therapy and surgery. Early detection enables more effective, less extensive treatment that maximizes the chance of preserving the breast," she added.
Other speakers at the session spoke about how the cost of treating the disease represented a barrier to patients seeking treatment.
They noted how AKUH was playing a role in expanding access to quality care for breast cancer patients through its welfare programmes, which offered subsidised care worth Rs 11 million to 485 needy inpatients in 2019.
They also announced plans to set up an exclusive fund to finance the treatment of financially disadvantaged breast cancer patients.
Other speakers at the event included AKU Medical College Dean Dr Adil Haider, AKUH Outreach Health Network Pakistan Chief Executive Officer Shagufta Hassan, Associate Professor of Paediatrics at AKU Dr Salman Kirmani and Senior Lecturer in Surgery at AKU Dr Saida Rasul.