NUR International University in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Pakistan organized a seminar on “Breast Cancer Awareness” on Thursday 25th October, 2018. The purpose of the seminar was to create awareness regarding the prevalence of breast cancer among Pakistani women and how early diagnosis and intervention can improve treatment outcome.
The keynote speakers included Prof. Dr. Asim Malik who is working as an Advanced Laparoscopic, Vascular and Cancer Surgeon at Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore, Dr. Ghazia Qasmi, who is currently working as the Assistant Professor of Surgery at Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore. The other keynote speaker was Dr. Samina Khurshid, who is working as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at FMH Lahore.
The seminar started with the recitation of the Holy Quran after which National Anthem was played. Prof. Dr. Nighat Bhatty, Dean of Applied Sciences at NIU delivered the welcome note. She highlighted the importance of creating awareness regarding Breast Cancer as every 9th women in Pakistan is suffering from it. The Vice-Chancellor of NIU, Prof. Dr. Rakhshanda Rehman further elaborated the need to create awareness regarding Breast Cancer especially among rural and uneducated sector of our society. She stressed the importance of screening and early diagnosis of Breast Cancer as this alone improves survival.
Dr. Ghazia Qasmi, elaborated in detail the factors that have been linked with Breast Cancer. Dr. Ghazia and Dr. Samina also laid stress on etiology, screening and early diagnosis in improving prognosis of patients.
Prof. Dr. Asim Malik stated that the survival rate of Breast Cancer patients has improved considerably over the years and advances in the treatment of breast cancer have greatly improved the quality of life of the patients.
Prof. Dr. Nighat Bhatty (Dean of Applied Sciences, NIU) in her concluding remarks stressed the importance of eating a healthy and nutritious diet since research shows that obesity is also linked to breast cancer. Prof. Dr. Nighat thanked all the guest speakers for their valuable contribution and for taking time out of their busy schedules and joining hands with NIU in creating awareness regarding Breast Cancer.
In the end, Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi (Chairman, Board of Governors, NIU) and Prof. Dr. Rakhshanda Rehman (Vice Chancellor, NIU) presented shields to the guest speakers as a token of appreciation after which refreshments were served.