GCU holds walk to raise awareness on breast cancer


LAHORE: An on-campus Pink Ribbon Youth Awareness Walk was held at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore on Wednesday in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Pakistan to eliminate social stigmas attached to breast cancer that, if detected early, can be cured.

GCU Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Registrar Saboor Ahmad Khan, Quality Enhancement Director Iram Sohail and Director Facilities Yousaf Bashir led the walk from the varsity’s Clock Tower to the Girls’ Cafeteria to raise awareness among students about the disease.

“It is very unfortunate that it is still considered a taboo for girls in most parts of our society to talk about breast cancer that affects every one of nine women in the society. Girls are reluctant to speak about it to their mothers and doctors as well and that is why there is a dire need of awareness campaigns on a massive scale,” said GCU Quality Enhancement Director Iram Sohail while speaking to media persons.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Shah said that GCU organised scores of such events throughout the year to aware its students, especially females, of health issues. He said that the university would also light up its historical building with pink lights for mass awareness about the Pink Ribbon Drive.

Later, awareness pamphlets and brochures were also distributed among students to educate them about the symptoms of the diseases, early detection methods, and treatment.