The Supreme Court of Pakistan’s building in Islamabad was illuminated in pink on Saturday to mark the start of the annual breast cancer awareness month, which begins on October 1 following the PINKtober Awareness Campaign.
Pink Ribbon Pakistan, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer, spearheads the annual campaign.
The event was held at Pakistan’s highest court to show solidarity with the campaign and millions of Pakistani women.
Pink Ribbon founder Omer Aftab spoke on the occasion, saying it is an honor for his organization to illuminate Pakistan’s highest court for such a noble cause.
“Involvement of such a sanctified institution has provided hope to thousands of breast cancer patients in Pakistan,” he said in a statement issued by Pink Ribbon, expressing gratitude to Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial for his “generous support” for the cause.
Every year, at least 40,000 people die from breast cancer as a result of misinformation, delayed diagnosis, and myths about the disease. the cancer, among others, is the only type of cancer that can be successfully treated if detected early.
— Omer Aftab (@MrOmerAftab) October 1, 2022
According to the new statistics, over 10 million Pakistani women are at high risk of developing the cancer in their lifetime.
“We need to re-establish our health structure based on better-researched statistics of disease burden. Besides this, a special focused awareness drive is required to promote the concept of ‘prevention is better than cure’ as a better healthy lifestyle can prevent breast cancer up to 40%,” the statement read.
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