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Breast cancer patients need preventive steps: experts

May 25, 2013

Cervical cancer and breast cancer could be prevented through early detection and creating public awareness, said an expert during an advocacy meeting in Rajshahi district of Bangladesh.

The women patients suffering from breast and cervical cancers need timely and properly preventive measures to thwart dire consequence caused by the disease, speakers said in Rajshahi district of Bangladesh.

They viewed cervical and breast cancers are the foremost causes of cancer related mortality of women in developing countries like Bangladesh. So, early detection and subsequent proper treatment is very important to prevent cervical and breast cancers.

The observations came at an awareness related advocacy meeting held at Cookie Jar Community Centre in the city. Health Education Bureau and Directorate of Health Services jointly organized the discussion.

The discussants said the sufferings caused by the disease alongside the rate of mortality and morbidity could be reduced to a greater extent through early detection and timely and full-course treatment.

They, however, said wide-ranging creation of mass awareness could be the effective means of addressing the social burden.

Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Azizul Islam, Health Education Officer Abdur Rahman, Youth Development Officer Maksuda Parween and Women Affairs Officer Farida Yeasmin spoke on the occasion as resource persons with Senior Health Education Officer Sharifa Begum in the chair.

Dr Azizul Islam said creation of awareness, education to reduce high- risk sexual behaviour and measures to reduce and avoid exposures to STIs were proved as the primary preventive measures of the disease while treatment of pre- cancerous lesions requires a practical test were found as the secondary preventive measure.

"Around 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer and another 15,000 of breast cancer are being detected every year in the country," he said.

He, however, said the Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Programme is being implemented at different government hospitals and for conducting clinical based examination.

Terming the cervical cancer and breast cancer as risky diseases he said its prevalence is higher among the women.

Dr Aziz said the cervical cancer and breast cancer could be prevented through early detection and creating public awareness is needed in this regard.


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