Unhealthy lifestyle, obesity, lack of breast feeding, environmental
radiation and late diagnosis of the disease puts many Pakistani women at a risk of breast cancer, says a US health expert Jo Anne Zujewski, head of the Breast Cancer Therapeutics at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US.
The place with the highest mortality rate for breast cancer in the world is Pakistan. 90,000 cases of breast cancer are reported annually in Pakistan out of which about 50,000 cases survive.
Cancer can be cured if it is diagnosed in the early stages. Efforts to reduce the disease fatality are hindered by a number of factors like high cost of the treatment, poverty and lack of diagnostic facilities for screening in rural areas. Hesitancy to speak about the disease was a major hindrance in early screening of the disease.