Breast Cancer Awareness Session Organized at Aiwan-e-Sadar, Islamabad
The honorable First Lady; Mrs. Samina Arif Alvi has been actively involved in developing and implementing the national breast cancer awareness campaign by arranging awareness programs throughout the year to sensitize Pakistani women on this grave issue.
In continuation to this, a breast cancer awareness session was arranged by Shifa International Hospital at Aiwan-e-Sadar to educate female employees and spouses of employees of the President Secretariat. The team undertook basic screening of the participants to later offer free mammography scanning by the hospital. Consultant Radiation Oncologists; Dr. Uzma Qasim and Dr. Hira Asim explained to the audience about the general risk factors of breast cancer, prevention, and guidelines for self-assessment to identify any abnormality at an early stage. They also answered the questions of the participants during a detailed Q&A session.
Speaking on the occasion, the honorable First Lady; Mrs. Samina Arif Alvi who was the chief guest of the event lauded the contribution by Shifa International Hospital and reiterated the need to keep on arranging such programs throughout Pakistan to benefit Pakistani women. She also said that hiding the disease in the name of taboo is not a solution and it is essential to speak upon it to help the women get early diagnosis and thus protect their lives.
Dr. Farah Naz Ansari, Medical Director, Shifa Integrated Healthcare Technologies (SIHT) in her closing remarks appreciated the efforts and interest of the First Lady, who is leading the breast cancer awareness campaign in the country. She also vowed her resolve to continue organizing such awareness activities for breast cancer awareness for the masses.