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On the eve of 4th February which is also known as World Cancer Day all around the globe, the Supreme Court of Pakistan was illuminated in the color pink in support of Pink Ribbon Pakistan.
The event was organized to commemorate World Cancer Day in order to raise awareness about all the different types of cancers and to demonstrate solidarity with the survivors especially breast cancer survivors. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in Pakistan, 38.5% of all cancer patients have this particular type. It is also the most ignored one, since women give the least importance to their own illnesses when considering the family budget.
The construction of Pakistan’s first dedicated Breast Cancer Hospital in Lahore has already begun indicating that the issue of cancer has come to the forefront giving hope to all the sufferers of cancer throughout the country.
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the prestigious building of the Supreme Court was illuminated for a cause that affects the lives of millions of women in Pakistan. Speaking at this occasion, CEO Pink Ribbon Mr. Omer Aftab said it is was an honor for them to light the highest court of appeal in Pakistan for such a noble cause.
Thousands of precious lives are lost every year due to ignorance, late diagnosis and myths related to breast cancer. This is devastating because breast cancer is the only cancer that can be cured successfully if it is diagnosed at an early stage. It is extremely unfortunate that breast cancer claims 40,000 lives every year. He said that according to new findings, almost 10.2 million Pakistani women are at high risk of getting breast cancer in their life time. These alarming statistics need to be taken seriously by every citizen of the country as it can affect any one at any moment.
The representation of this cause by the Supreme Court, which is one of the most prestigious institutions in the country has given immense hope to thousands of breast cancer patients in Pakistan.
Mr. Aftab also emphasized that we need to focus on re-establishing our health structure based on better researched statistics of disease burden. Besides this, a special focused awareness drive is required to promote the all-encompassing concept of “prevention is better than cure”.
Mr. Omer Aftab thanked the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Saqib Nisar for agreeing to the idea to spread awareness about breast cancer. The representation of this cause by the Supreme Court, which is one of the most prestigious institutions in the country has given immense hope to thousands of breast cancer patients in Pakistan.
Pink Ribbon has announced the establishment of five Breast Cancer Hospitals in all provincial capitals of Pakistan. Fortunately, with the support of public patronage the construction of Pakistan’s first dedicated Breast Cancer Hospital in Lahore has already begun indicating that the issue of cancer has come to the forefront giving hope to all the sufferers of cancer throughout the country.