Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre organized a special event to observe International Breast Cancer Awareness Day yesterday in the Hospital. The event was part of “Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign” being launched by the hospital to create awareness in masses about Breast cancer.
Famous celebrities like Mahira Khan, film actress & SKMCH&RC ambassador Reema Khan, consultants, doctors, students and teachers from different female educational institutions and people from different walks of life were present on this occasion. Ayesha Sana hosted the well-attended event while Mahira Khan, famous TV artist flew from Karachi specially to participate in this event. Addressing to the audience on this occasion, she appreciated the doctors and management of SKMCH&RC for their efforts to highlight and discuss this issue in the masses and trying to create awareness about this disease.
While talking to the audience, Dr. Neelam Siddiqi, SKMCH&RC consultant oncologist discussed different methods of the treatment of Breast Cancer and its steps in 21st century. She highlighted different researches from history and present day, related to breast cancer and its cure. She said that it is important for every female at the age of 40 and above to visit doctor once every year and have her mammography done.
Dr. Amna Iqbal, consultant surgeon, SKMCH&RC talked about the symptoms of breast cancer. She said that the symptoms vary from person to person but mainly discussed the most common findings in breast cancer patients. She said that it is important for every female to self-examine herself regularly and search for the minor changes occurring in the body. She also said that they must share any sort of changes being observed to the doctor if so, as early and timely diagnosis can prevent this disease from growing more complicated. She emphasized that early diagnosis and treatment is the key that can bring 100% results in breast cancer treatment and cure.
Radiation oncologist Dr. Mazhar Ali Shah discussed different steps involved in the treatment procedure of Breast Cancer. He said that almost every patient of breast cancer undergoes from the first step of this procedure i.e. surgery, which follows chemo-therapy and radiation therapy. He also said that although we, as oncologists give our best to treat this disease but its patient’s own will power and courage to fight against any situation and disease that helps them to fight successfully.
A cured breast cancer patient of SKMCH&RC, Humaira Shazia shared her story of life and told the audience that how she fought against breast cancer. She thanked the doctors and the hospital management for their support and care provided to her in her treatment. She said that we can defeat any hardship through courage and must not let ourselves down.
Reema Khan, ambassador SKMCH&RC who came especially from America for this event, also shared her views on this occasion and congratulated the management of the hospital on this successful campaign to bring awareness about breast cancer. She retreated that she would always be available to this institution for such a noble cause. She also said that we should be proud of SKMCH&RC who is providing free treatment to poor cancer patients.
In the end Dr. Faisal Sultan, CEO SKMCH&RC thanked the participants and appreciated the efforts of educational institutions, teachers and students, hospital doctors, marketing team and also thanked Warid Telecom, Ponds, Kayseria and Fashion Pakistan Lounge for supporting this campaign.