Early detection is the best protection from breast cancer, highlight experts
• A first-of-its-kind Webinar in the UAE on breast cancer awareness hosted by Aster for Al Khail Gate residential community in Dubai focused on curbing the disease before it strikes.
DUBAI-October 28, 2013: Aster, a part of DM Healthcare, the leading healthcare conglomerate in the GCC and in India, telecast a webinar on Breast Cancer awareness recently for Al Khail Gate residential community, in association with the Ladies Wing of AKGMA (Al Khail Gate Malayalee Association).
The seminar, led by a panel of specialist doctors from Aster Medical Centers and Hospitals across Dubai, went live on web to mark the month of October for breast cancer awareness. More than hundred AKGMA lady members attended the live seminar on breast cancer prevention and were provided with free screening by a specialist gynecologist from ASTER Medical Centre, Business Bay.
The webinar conducted for the lady members of the residential community organization began with a prayer for breast cancer victims around the world. The panel of doctors who addressed the webinar included Dr. Keya Rahul S (Specialist Gynecologist, ASTER Medical Centre- Business Bay), Dr. Mahendra Rajan (Specialist General and Laparoscopic Surgeon at ASTER Hospital-Bur Dubai), Dr. Astha Mishra (Specialist Gynecologist at ASTER Medical Centre- Al Qouz) and Dr. Usha Sethi (Specialist Gynecologist at ASTER Medical Centre-TEECOM-3, Al Barsha).
Mrs. Premi Mathew, an active social volunteer and founder of "Protect Your Mom" and "Hair for Hope India" Facebook campaign pages, inaugurated the webinar with a pink ribbon ceremony for the participating women.
Premi Mathew has been campaigning among healthy women to donate their hair for supporting cancer-affected women, who lost their hair after undergoing chemotherapy. Inspiring many women to donate their lustrous locks, the Dubai-based social activist's campaign is not only about getting hair donors but also focuses on awareness early detection of breast cancer. Dr. Keya Rahul donated 12 inches of her hair towards this noble cause in the function for the benefit of the cancer affected chemo therapy patients.
Initiating the session, Dr. Keya Rahul said, "Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women. One in eight women is affected by the chronic disease if she survives till 80. However, breast cancer is one of those cancers which can be detected by the women themselves, so it's not required to go to the doctor first. As the lifespan of women is generally longer than that of men, they have more chances for having cancer and it is more common to occur after 50 years of age. Two third of women are diagnosed with breast cancer after the age of 50 and even before that for some women. After the age of 40 years, women are advised to undergo MRI, ultrasound or mammogram tests."
"The risk factors for breast cancer included obesity, dietary disorders and genetic mutations. Women who attain menarche before the age of 12, or having their first baby after the age of 30, and those who attain menopause after the age of 55 are also among the high-risk groups. However, 65 per cent of the breast cancer cases are hereditary (with the presence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes). The most important thing to prevent the disease is awareness and understanding the changes happening in the body," she added.
Continuing the discussion, Dr. Astha Mishra noted, "Women of older generations generally ignored their health, especially diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases. The breast cancer now is a menace for the women in the UAE, India and several other parts of the world. Emirati women are more prone to breast cancer than expatriate women among the UAE population. This is due to the lifestyle and dietary issues, especially estrogen disorder that aggravates the risks."
"Detecting breast cancer is now easier thanks to the modern technology. However, regular self-examination of breasts is the first step for early detection and the best time for it is after the periods. All the women, whether they are Asymptomatic or Symptomatic, should do the self-examination. After 40 years, all women are advised to undergo mammogram annually. Those who are having a family history of breast cancer should go for mammogram from the age of 35 years along with an ultrasound test, as the tissues are too tender to cancer detection," she advised.