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    National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins from October 01 Featured

    September 30, 2014

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked by countries across the world every year to increase awareness of the disease,early detection and treatment.

    Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in Sri Lankan females, accounting for approximately 22% of all detected cases. Cancer is often curable with early detection, but alarmingly, many women in Sri Lanka either do not know this or opt to suffer in silence. According to National Cancer records each year there is an increase in new cases totaling to around 2500 new breast cancer patients.  Since 1985 out of the new cancer patients 25% are suffering from breast cancer.
    Therefore the Director General of Health Services Consultant Specialist Dr.Palitha  Maheepala has issued a circular to all District and Provincial Health staff giving instructions to implement breast cancer prevention awareness programs among the public.
    Dr.Maheepala said that currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured.  Therefore he said adequate public health  programmes are introduced.
    The inaugural session of the joint Breast Cancer prevention program  parallel to the International Breast Cancer awareness month will commence on October 01 at the Ruhuna University premises said the Health Ministry. (KH)

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