The minimum recommended age for a woman to undergo mammography is 45. If there is an instance of breast cancer among close relations in the family, other ladies of the family should opt for mammogram in 10 years younger age than the age in which the family-member is detected with the cancer for effective prevention.
Audience of a seminar was informed this as speakers on the occasion highlighted the fact that regular check-ups, tests, and certain changes in lifestyle could effectively prevent major health issues affecting lives of women especially in forms of Osteoporosis, breast cancer, and reproductive health problems.
The fourth annual public awareness seminar on women health issues was organised by National Forum for Environment and Health the other day at a hotel. Naeem Qureshi , Dr Kaiser Waheed, Ruqiya Naeem, Najia Ashar , Sobiya Munawwar, Mirza Ishtiaq Baig & other spoke on the occasion.
Sindh Secretary for Social Welfare Department Shariq Ahmed, who was chief guest on the occasion, said although Sindh had lately adopted a law to prevent marriages of females in early age but that the legislation was required to be effectively implemented in the society for countering such an anti-social practice causing health issues for women.
The Head of Radiology Department of Jinnah Postgraduate Department Prof Dr Tariq Mahmood said on the occasion there was no harm at all if women in young age opted for undergoing the test for detection of breast cancer.
Dr. Mahmood said that there should be great emphasis on motivating females to opt for early check-up and test for detection of risk factor of breast cancer when one in nine women on in Pakistan had been susceptible to developing breast cancer while the same type of cancer accounted for 45 per cent of female cancer patients in the country.
Dr Mahmood said that Radiology Department of JMPC had been providing state-of-the-art treatment services for completely curing the cases of breast cancer patients detected at early stages of the disease. He said that such radiotherapies were now available, which in cases of early detection of the disease would be used for removing the cancerous gland only instead of removing the entire breast (Mastectomy).
Dr Mahmood said that common occurrence of Osteoporosis among women in the country were also fully preventable with early detection of the disease at the stage of Osteopenia. He said that some 9.9 million people in the country had been suffering from Osteoporosis so women in young age should also opt for bone scanning to check bone mineral density for early detection and prevention of the serious medical condition.
Also speaking at the seminar, senior Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Zubair Mirza highlighted the importance of Vitamin ‘D’ for women’s health stating that on worldwide basis 45 per cent of the people were considered living with deficiency of Vitamin D while the ratio in Pakistan should have reached the alarming proportions of 90 per cent.
He said that healthy presence of Vitamin D in the body was proven to be helpful for maintaining strength of teeth, bones, hair, muscles and would also be helpful for any person’s drive for weight loss and improving his or her athletic skills.
He said that milk, fish, and diary products were a good source of Vitamin D but the human body had the self-generation system for producing the highly useful Vitamin through direct exposure of the body to sunlight.
He said that with such usefulness of Vitamin D for the body, which could prevent the serious bone conditions in forms of rickets, Osteomalacia, and Osteoporosis, the women especially of affluent classes should at once change their unhealthy habit of avoiding direct exposure of sunlight even for a few minutes.
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