Islamabad - Breast cancer is a very common type of cancer in Pakistan, as it constitutes 33 per cent of all cancers in females and 17 per cent overall cancer cases.

According to WHO statistics, globally the risk of developing breast cancer is one in every four women. Unfortunately in Pakistan more than 60 per cent of breast cancer patients were present with advanced disease due to lack of awareness and certain social cultural taboos. Fortunately breast cancer is one of those cancers, which are not only treatable and curable but can also be prevented, by change of lifestyle. Early detection and treatment of breast cancer are very important to control this devastating disease. Early detection is possible with the help of screening. Breast cancer screening services including clinical breast examination and mammography are available in all the cancer hospitals of PAEC.

NORI cancer Hospital Islamabad has been providing dedicated breast cancer screening services since 1996.

October is breast cancer awareness month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. NORI Islamabad is regularly organizing this campaign. This year under the auspices of NORI Patients Welfare Society (NPWS) and Pakistan Society of Clinical Oncology (PSCO) NORI is celebrating October as breast cancer awareness month so as and to disseminate information about causes, prevention and treatment of breast cancer and to show solidarity with those who have already suffered from this disease. Women will be provided free consultation and screening services from 1st to 31st October 2014. Mini Symposia will be arranged throughout the month and a mega event will be organized on 25th October 2014.

More than 300 women will attend the event belonging to various walks of life and both medical and non-medical students will also be present on this occasion. During this month many dignitaries will join NORI to fight against breast cancer.

A walk against breast cancer will follow the seminar.