HOW WE CAN STOP MORE DEATHS FROM BREAST CANCER BY 2030

 

ByFrancisOkoye

In a webinar organised by citizen news service for the media titled’Are we on track to reduce breast cancer deaths by 1/3 by 2030.Medical experts and cancer survivors gave talks on how we can stop more deaths from Breast cancer by 2030.

Breast Cancer in women
Breast Cancer in women

The panel of experts and cancer survivors include PriyaKanayson.Advocacy officer, NCD Alliance, NY. Dr PoojaRamakant, Associate Professor, department of Endocrine and breast surgery, King George Medical university, KGMU and editorial board member, Indian Association Of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES),Prof Anand Mishra, head of department,Endocrine and breast surgery, KGMU, Bret Miller, 6 years breast cancer Survivor and founder, Male breast cancer coalition.

According to Priya Kanayson,’Breast cancer is most common killer Cancer in women.Men have breast cancer too and less than 1% of all breast cancer occur in Men.19.7 Million cases of breast cancer will occur. 5.8 Million women will die from Breast Cancer in the coming years.The governments of the world have put their SDGs to include reducing burden of breast cancer by 1/3 by 2030.February 4,2017,which is world cancer day and December 2017,which is global NCD alliance forum time, offer opportunities for Advocacy on breast cancer.

Are we on track, are we diagnosing breast cancer early enough for better Treatment outcome? Civil society, government, private sector,united Nations and Health institutions should do more to reduce burden of breast cancer. While Pepsi Adverts and the use of mobile phones has reached the remotest villages, awareness of breast cancer has not,

Three areas need to be improved, finance, universal health coverage and public Health, in other to battle breast cancer.

Speaking on breast cancer, myths and facts,why and what patients need to know about it?Dr Pooja revealed  that breast cancer, lung cancer cases were rising.

What are the reasons why Pepsi and handset are common everywhere,Why can’t knowledge about breast cancer spread the same way

The doctor explained the myths and facts about breast cancer as follows

Myths-only  women can get breast cancer

-it is next to cervical cancer

-mostly genetic

-all patients die

Facts-breast cancer is common among urban women

-5%-10% are caused by heredity

-early stage  records 90%-100% cure rate.

-advanced stage records 50%-70% cure rate

-Happens in men too

Questions that need answers

  1. what is the current level of awareness2.what are the barriers that prevent patients coming to doctors 3.How do we break barriers?4.how can we spread knowledge to all?5.How to help fight and prevent it?What is cancer ?according to experts,it is a disease that causes cells to change mutation and grow out of control.most of the people we know have relations or friend with breast cancer.Half of all breast cancer cases in India are within ages 40 years – 50years and in stage 2- stage 3

How to pick early breast cancer

  1. By doing breast cancer self exasmination, 2.awareness, 3.clinical examination.The reasons why people die from breast cancer include the following 1.No organized breast cancer programmme at health facilities.
  2. Breast cancer in late stage.
  3. Use of alternative treatments
  4. Increased costs
  5. Complications

How to diagonise breast cancer

Prof Anand explained how to diagonise breast cancer using triple assessment of clinical,imagining and pathology. in clinical: age and exam are done, in imagining: ultrasound and mammography while in

pathology:fine needle aspiration, mycology and cove cot –bioscopy are done.This ensures confident diagonosis in 95 % of cases

Treatment and prevention

Treatment include Surgery, Chemotherapy ,hormonal therapy and radiation therapy.

The likelihood of any woman who has any of the following,heredity,obesity,alcohol use,late menopause,breast feeding of getting breast cancer is high, the experts recommend annual mammogram, clinical breast examination every 6-12 months,starting at age 30 years  ,annual breast MMI.The webinar was moderated by Ashok Ramsarup and Shobha Shukla Managing Editor CNS