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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In Sudan, Breast cancer is Characterized by younger Age, Delayed Diagnosis

Haffiya Abdalla

October is considered as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), an annual international campaign to increase awareness of the disease, as well as to help raise funds for research into its origin, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care, as well as to help raise funds for research into its origin, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care.

Women Initiatives Group organized yesterday October breast cancer awareness month participated by women from different civil society sectors in collaboration with Zain.

The member of Woman Initiatives Group (WIGROUP) Sit Al Nafar Mahjoub said it is a voluntary association concerned with women’s rights and issues in various fields and works to preserve and develop their gains, in addition to striving to address their social, economic and political problem, adding that the Group has many goals: Educating women and increasing their awareness of their various rights and working to develop and protect them.

  • Urging women to carry out their duties and raise the level of their giving.
  • Enabling women to participate comprehensively in the various fields of development.
  • Addressing women’s social, economic, and political problems.
  • Combating harmful habits, practices, and phenomena.
  • Paying attention to the issues of the young women sector.

Appreciated the efforts of Suaad Ibrahim Essa in establishing the association, adding that the Group has many goals: Educating women and increasing their awareness of their various rights, and working to develop and protect them.

Surgeon and member of the association Dr . Aida Hussein asserted the importance of early detection of breast cancer and indicated that there is a new drug that improves survival rate and is now in the process of being tested.

Follow-up of a cancer patient with a doctor should be continuous forever, she said.

Researchers believe that developing breast cancer can be environmental or genetic, or perhaps a combination of both; they also agree that some risk factors cannot be changed, and preventing cancer entirely is impossible. However, there are ways to be proactive by living a healthy lifestyle, which we will discuss below.

Breast cancer is still a prevalent disease that affects thousands of women every year.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women worldwide, occurs most commonly in women ages 50 years and older who have been through menopause, although younger women and men can also get the disease. Risk factors include a family history of breast cancer, genetic mutations, and lifestyle factors such as smoking and being overweight or obese. With increased awareness of breast cancer and its risk factors, cases can be diagnosed earlier or possibly even prevented.

In Sudan, breast cancer is one of the most common malignancies affecting women and the incidence rates appear to be rising. Unfortunately, most of the patients present in an advanced stage.

According to studies, breast cancer in Sudan is characterized by younger age, delayed diagnosis, and advanced staging at presentation, as well as lower five-year breast cancer survival in comparison to developed countries.

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