Health Desk: 16th Oct’18: Speakers at a programme on Monday said early detection may eliminate death risks in many cases of breast cancer, and women should regularly run self-exams to avoid the disease.
Raising awareness is a must, and screening tests are necessary for women, especially after the age of 40, they said at a programme titled “Early Detection Saves Life”.
Soroptimist International Club of Dhaka in association with Apollo Hospitals Dhaka and School of Public Health of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organised it on the university campus, marking International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is curable if detected early, said Dr SMG Kibria, senior consultant of general, laparoscopic and vascular surgery, Apollo Hospitals Dhaka.
Urging women to examine their breasts every month and get a screening test once a year, he said, “The disease is considered a taboo in our society, so women are reluctant to talk about it”.