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Ex-speaker — a breast cancer survivor

June 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD, June 28: After recently going through breast cancer Dr Fehmida Mirza, former National Assembly speaker, announced that she was joining the Pink Ribbon Movement to become beacon of hope for breast cancer survivors.

Breaking this smoke screen of social taboo associated with breast cancer in Pakistan, a well-known figure has shown courage to stand upfront and share her story.

Dr Mirza said breast cancer is one of the many forms of cancers so it should be seen as a disease rather than associating it with sexuality of women. And it is important to create awareness among women of early detection as chances of survival are more.

She shared her experience and encouraged other women to support the cause for the good of everyone.

“It means so much to me to be part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. I wholeheartedly support the efforts for the vital work of spreading awareness and engaging survivorship undertaken by Pink Ribbon Campaign,” she said.

Pink Ribbon CEO Omer Aftab said Pakistan had highest breast cancer rate in Asia.

“We need support from all corners to address these alarming statistics of breast cancer,” he added. —A Reporter