Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer all over Asia due to which every year 40,000 women die. One out of every eight women in Pakistan faces risk of the disease while the prevalence of this deadly ailment is the highest among all types of cancer in the country i.e. 38.5 per cent. Free Breast Cancer Screening Event Pakistan
Women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening. Women should also know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away.
Some Women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors- should be screened with mammograms and sonography.
The number of women who fall into this category is very small. Talk with a health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.
- Woman ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-ray of the breast) if they wish to do so.
- Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
- Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 year, or can continue yearly screening
Screening should continue as long as a women is in good health and is expected to live 10 more year or longer
The rationale behind screening for breast cancer is the universally accepted dictum that (all other factors being equal) early diagnosis results in increased survival. The smaller the cancer at time of diagnosis, the better the 5 year survival of breast cancer.
In general, if a breast cancer is found at less than a 1cm diameter, the 5 year survival is the same as the general population at large.
Screening for breast cancer is cost and risk effective, feasible and evidence based.
There are three steps necessary to prove that screening mammography is effective in breast cancer:
- The test can detect cancer when they are smaller than without the test: mammography has succeeded here without doubt. To such an extent that the new buzzword of “over diagnosis: has now arisen.
- Randomized, controlled trials must show a reduction in mortality:
- When the test is introduced into the general population, the death rate declines: the number of deaths per thousand of the population. Screening mammography has reduced the death rate of women
Breast Cancer Support UK arranged a FREE BREAST CANCER SCREENING CAMPAIGN for mammography and ultrasonography for early detection of breast cancer at Temar Diagnostics, Pakistan.
Statistics provided by Teemar Diagnostics