The Government College University (GCU) Lahore on Thursday held a walk and seminar to raise awareness about the breast cancer, and denounce myths and eliminate social stigma attached to it.

Besides a large number of students and faculty members, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi along with his wife and daughters also attended the seminar held in collaboration with the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center (SKMCH&RC).

Speaking on the occasion, SKMCH cancer surgeon Dr. Amna Khan said it is still considered a taboo especially for the young girls to talk about breast cancer that affects every one of eight women in the society. She encouraged girls to talk to their parents about their health issues and immediately consult doctors if they find any unusual change in their body.

The surgeon told the GCU female students about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and methods of self-examination, which she said, were very helpful in early detection of this disease in young girls and women.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof. Asghar Zaidi said all men and women are at risk of developing cancers, while the factors that put some of us at greater risk were family histories of cancer, non-healthy food and lazy lifestyle.

He said Pakistan is a family oriented society and has inadequate health care system; health issues of our loved ones affects and hurts us everyone in the family, so we must encourage them to adopt healthy eating and active lifestyle.

Kiran Zahra, the wife of Vice Chancellor, said young ones especially girls are reluctant to speak to their parents about their health problems so there is a dire need of massive awareness campaigns on a large scale. She shared a very painful life story of her cousin sister who passed away due to breast cancer.

Later, a memorandum of understanding was also signed between GCU and SKMCH for organizing different activities to raise awareness about the Breast Cancer.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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