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Breast cancer screening programme

Initiative for Breast Cancer Screening and support for treatment in Bangladesh

Dhaka; January 31:  Shamajik Council is in partnership with Melbourne Ladies Connect Club Inc. (Australia) jointly launched ‘Breast cancer screening and treatment  support  initiative in Bangladesh’ held on Saturday in Dhaka. The initiative will address the existing unawareness, lack of services at community level, social taboos among the urban poor and rural villages regarding breast cancer issues.  The Shamajic Council will organize special camp at a community based service point for case-finding, motivating, tracking of patients to refer and support for appropriate treatment. The camp will also offer some routine checkup of women to break the silence and to get response. Among others Marium shams, Zeeshan shams, Sharif rezuwana poonam, Dr. Fauzia Begum, Dr. Mahfuza Mousumi, Anhar Chowdhury spoke on the launching ceremony. Helal Chowdhury, Advisor, Shamajik council was on te chair.  

Kazi Amdadul Hoque, President, Shamajik Council presented the situation of breast cancer in Bangladesh. The presentation mentioned that World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Bangladesh 2nd in terms of mortality rate of women in the country from breast cancer.  Sixteen percent of the total cancer affected women in the country are victim to breast cancer, says a World Health Organization (WHO) study.  The National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital (NICRH) registry analysis showed 26 percent of their women patients between 2008 and 2010 suffered from breast cancer, followed by 21 percent afflicted by cervical cancer. The National Institute is the only hospital in Bangladesh that has a cancer registry system. The number of new breast cancer cases in Bangladesh is 17,781 every year.  A total of 8,396 (15.4 of cancer death in women)) women die each year from breast cancer, according to GLOBOCAN 2008 (statistics given by IARC, International Agency for Research on Cancer).  The mortality can be reduced if appropriate measures can be taken to detect breast cancer at an early stage. Awareness and screening can save thousands of life. While mammogram, clinical breast examination (CBE) and breast self-examination (BSE) are recognized screening methods for breast cancer screening.

The speakers highlighted that because of taboos usually refrain most of the women to expose their breast cancer conditions or abnormality even to family. So, they stressed the need for organizing special camp at a community based service point for case-finding, motivating, tracking of patients and following-up with them throughout the entire care cycle may be one approach to changing these situations.

Shamajik Council, Bangladesh:


Contact Details

  • Address: 19/4 Rupnagar (Near Rajanigandha tower) Dhaka 1216



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