GUJRAT-Experts at a breast cancer awareness campaign shattered various myths about the disease which afflicts about 90,000 women worldwide every year.

The awareness campaign along with a walk was organised by the biochemistry & biotechnology department of the University of Gujrat (UoG) in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, here at Hafiz Hayat Campus, on Wednesday.

“It is a misconception that only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk of getting the disease. About 70 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer had no identifiable signs or symptoms,” Dr Kalsoom Sughra, coordinator of the event, told the participants of the walk. She informed the participants that about 25 per cent of the women with breast cancer are younger than 50 years. She said that men also could get breast cancer. Dr Kalsoom advised that every woman should spend about five minutes on self-examination as early detection of breast cancer can keep complications away. However, she added that a feeling or presence of a lump in a woman’s breast not necessarily a cancerous growth.

Representative of Shaukat Khanum hospital and research centre Mr Zuhair told the students that breast cancer is fast spreading in Pakistan. He said that women above 40 should go for mammogram scanning once every year. Chairperson department of biochemistry and biotechnology Dr Nadia Zeeshan said that there is no conclusive evidence that the use of antiperspirants or underarm deodorants has anything to do with breast cancer. Dr Nadia lead the awareness walk in which UoG faculty as well as administration officials and hundreds of students, mostly female, participated.