One in 8 Afghan Women Suffering from Breast Cancer: MoPH

(Last Updated On: October 21, 2015 3:16 pm)

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One out of eight women is suffering with breast cancer in Afghanistan.

Breast cancer is the second deathly disease after maternal death in childbirth which takes lives of the Afghan women.

Findings reveal that this disease affects 99 percent of the women and only affects half percent of men.

Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says awareness is the most effective way to prevent this disease.

Officials say our findings have revealed that Afghanistan has the highest rates of breast cancer in which on out of every eight women is suffering of this cancer.

“One of the reasons of increase in maternal death is the breast cancer, one out of every eight women has been suffering of this disease, this is not a fatal disease if we seek treatments,” Ferozuddin Feroz Minister of Public Health Affairs said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also warns that the disease may double in the Mediterranean area, particularly in Afghanistan in another two years and emphasis on their commitment to fight against breast cancer.

“Breast cancer is among four types of cancers which mainly affects women and probably this disease may increase in another two decades, out of 20,000 cases of cancer in Afghanistan 7,000 of these are breast cancers,” Dr. Richard Peeperkorn, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Afghanistan said.

Afghanistan’s First Lady also asks health workers to work harder to aware women about this disease and to treat the disease.

“Health officials must take serious actions to aware, diagnose and treat breast cancer,” First Lady Raula Ghani said.

Breast cancer is a group of cancer cells that starts in the cells of the breast. It is the second leading cause of death among women. Although most people who develop breast cancer will not be able to pinpoint one specific cause, scientists have learned much about risk factors that may indicate a stronger likelihood for cancer.

Reported by: Fawad Naseri

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