Pink Pakistan holds awareness session on breast cancer at the IBA Karachi

October 23, 2020: The IBA Karachi and Pink Pakistan collaborated to hold an awareness session on breast cancer for the female faculty and staff membersat the Main campus. The President Pink Pakistan, Dr. Zubaida Qazi, commenced the sessionby explaining that the breast cancer was a leading cancer among the women of Pakistan and Asia. She highlighted that presently Pakistan is home to 38 million women between the age group of 40-45 years who are at a risk of developing this cancer.

Shedding light on how to battle this disease, Dr. Qazi said early detection was key to treating and curing this cancer. She informed the audience that females above 40 years must go for a yearly Mammography for early detection. She also emphasized the need to perform self-examination once a month to keep a check on any notable changes in the breasts. She cautioned that changes in the breast's size, colour and any form of disfiguration can be indicative of the disease and hence must be checked out by a physician. The disease is also hereditary and if an immediate family member has it then other family members are at a 30% increased risk of developing the cancer. Talking about lifestyle changes to combat the cancer, Dr. Qazi urged the audience to introduce exercise in their daily lives and to overcome obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

Pink Pakistan is a non-profit and non-government organization dedicated to improving the lives of the women belonging to marginalized communities in Pakistan. The organization aims to ensure equal opportunities for women in leadership roles in social, political, economic and public spheres of life.