Awareness of a disease begins with education. Breast cancer is no different. It’s important to understand what it is so you know what to do if you’re diagnosed.
Breast cancer is the out of control growth and duplication of tissue cells in the breast. It affects both men and women, but is more common in women. Nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. More than 200,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
In regard to this, Ladiesfund held a breast awareness session. Dawood Global Foundation, Karachi collaborated with Chughtai Health, to host Ladiesfund Mammogram, a breast awareness session where women were invited to learn about the disease from doctors, hear from breast cancer survivors, as well as each attendee received a free mammogram certificate enabling them to get tested for breast cancer. Almost 150 women attended this community event.
“Today is for each of you,” stated Tara Uzra Dawood, President, Ladiesfund, “We commend you for coming out to learn about how to protect your health, early detection, and to invest in yourself. Today, you will receive a voucher for a free mammogram which could save your life. But please encourage at least 5 other female friends to get tested so their lives may be saved as well. Pay it forward.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with Ladiesfund to spread breast cancer awareness,” said Ismail Saleem, Assistant Manager Marketing, Chughtai Labs. “We wanted to give out mammogram vouchers to encourage women to get protected.”
Chief Guest Masarrat Misbah encouraged women to take time out for their health, “Whether it is 5 minutes or 15 minutes, please avail this opportunity. Everything is about your good health.”
Dr Rahila Usman, Head of Radiology, Chughtai Medical Centre, as well as Dr Sehba Arij Khan, spoke of the medical realities of this disease.
Huma Ali, breast cancer survivor, shared her personal story and urged the audience to listen to the warnings of their bodies, as she had ignored her shoulder ache for too long.
Attendees were women from the State Bank of Pakistan, Bank Islami, PSO, Karachi Electric, Dawood Family Takaful Ltd., Ernst & Young, and a host of corporates, as well as women entrepreneurs.
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