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'Breast cancer detected early could be treated more effectively'

19 November, 2012

KARACHI: Dr Munira Shabbir-Moosajee, Assistant Professor Hematology & Oncology, Agha Khan University (AKU), has said increased awareness of breast cancer, early detection through monthly self-examination, regular mammography tests, and treatment advances meant that more and more women were surviving this cancer.

She expressed these views while addressing a Breast Cancer Awareness session organised by Raintree Spa, held on late Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Munira said that mammography is an important tool that could help detect lumps in the breast much before they could be felt, and the American College of Radiology recommends that women aged 40 and above should get mammograms every one to two years.

Lubna Lakhani, Founder, Raintree Spa, said that cancer detected early could be treated more effectively, and better still, there were strategies to prevent the disease.

Dr Tanveer Zubairi, MBBS & MCPS Radiologist & Ultrasound Specialist said that Gynecological cancers could be caught through screening programmes such as a pap smear for cervical cancer.

Lifestyle changes can also reduce the risk of such cancers, and Dr Tanveer, said that regular exercise and a diet low on saturated fats were the two factors that could help.


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