18 Nov 2018

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A better tomorrow starts with a small step that we take today

 

By K.S

The decisions that we make today effects our tomorrow, we hear this every day and from every motivational speaker but do we make the right ones? How can one know which one is right and which one isn’t? How can we make decisions about stuff that we don’t know off and how can we know about that unless we talk about them? Basic problem I feel is the taboo on talking about these kind of topics, such as cancer and that too specifically breast cancer.

OCTOBER, the month also known and celebrated for the awareness of breast cancer throughout Pakistan has just began. Though the amount of awareness, money and resources spent on this particular cause has increased but this still is not the solution. Not even barely close, we need to talk and discuss about this openly before we can think of curing it. But it’s a big NO NO when it comes to discussing issues which in people’s perception talking about loudly in a male dominating society is wrong. Psychology, the way of viewing things and the mentality needs to change for the society to accept and find early cure for such diseases.

Breast Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. According to WHO estimates it represents 10% of all cancers diagnosed worldwide and constituted 22% of all new cancers in 2000 in women making it the most common cancer in females. So if to talk on stats perspective we need to pull up our socks and be open and vocal about this problem because the 1st and 2nd stage of cancer are easily curable and are less costly then the third stage or the fourth one.

The second major thing is to have daily self-examination. Breast self-examination is a screening method used in an attempt to detect early breast cancer. The method involves the woman herself looking at and feeling each breast for possible lumps, distortions or swelling. By this possible symptoms of cancer can be detected and early screening means that people can be cured easily and recover their health. Though the treatment in Pakistan is very costly but that is one step that the government is already working on. The rather harder step is open acceptance, which may take time but is necessary. We need to educate mothers so that they can teach their girls to be open about their physical problem and health and if possible visit a gynecologist once in every 6 months. And most importantly, feel comfortable while talking about this in public as it is said

I am confident because I can admit who I am, what I have done and love myself for who I have become.

 

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