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SMD kicks off campaign for early breast cancer detection
By Lina Abdul Rahman February 15, 2013
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SHARJAH: With 31 breast cancer cases detected among 2,318 women examined in 2012, Sharjah Medical District kicked off on Wednesday a campaign under the slogan "Huge hopes, happy life. Go for early detection.”

The campaign aims at encouraging women to go for a mammogram test while highlighting the importance of the early detection of breast cancer.

The month-long campaign targeting women aims at encouraging them to go for regular checkups while educating them on ways of prevention and treatment.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and Director of Sharjah Medical Zone, highlighted the importance of the protection of women from the most common cancer diseases.

"Breast cancer is a serious disease which threatens women's health. Early detection of the disease is the safest way to heal and save the lives of many women."

He noted that the Ministry of Health - Sharjah Medical Zone was keen to establish various campaigns all through the year to demonstrate the importance of early detection and diagnosis and treatment. It was also keen to provide all information related to the disease, factors influencing infection, ways of early detection, prevention methods and mechanism of diagnosis.

Dr Amina Hashim, Director of the Health Education Section at Sharjah Medical District, encouraged women to regularly conduct mammogram check-ups.

"In 2012, 2,318 women were examined at the mammogram unit at the mother and childhood centre with an increase rate of 15 per cent in the number of examined women compared to 2011; 31 cases were discovered and 19 among them were in the early stages."

The total number of women who were screened at the mammogram unit since the inauguration of the unit in 2010 was 10,367 cases. In 2012, 121 women were diagnosed with breast cancer including 74 cases in the early stages.

The national campaign for the prevention of breast cancer has been marked this year by several positive points, including the involvement of the Council of Sharjah for education in this year's campaign.

Scientific research and studies indicated that one in every 8 women is susceptible to breast cancer.

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