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Awareness about cervical cancer to reduce death cases.

KARACHI -- Civil Societies, medical institutes, doctors and drug makers have joined hands to create awareness among the masses to significantly reduce the number of deaths caused by cervical cancer in Pakistan.

Many countries with collaborative efforts of institutions, industry, government departments and society have already dramatically reduced the mortality rate of deadly diseases by imparting knowledge and creating awareness; said Prof. Razia Korejo (Vice President Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pakistan) while launching the platform of United Against Cervical Cancer (UACC) here on Wednesday.

UACC platform has been launched jointly by Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pakistan (SOGP), supported by AMAN (Association for Mothers and Newborns), AKUH Gynae Oncology Department, Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA Sindh Karachi Chapter), GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan Limited, AIESEC (student organization) and other women organizations. The collaboration and efforts of these entities will address the issue of rising mortality of women in Pakistan. The launching ceremony of UACC was held in local hotel in Karachi and organized by SOGP.

Meanwhile, Dr. Shireen Zulfiqar Bhutta (Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Karachi) briefed about the burden of cervical cancer said that Pakistan is ranked seventh in the world amongst countries having the highest number of cervical cancer deaths worldwide. Cervical Cancer takes the lives of 20 women every day & is the second most common cancer among women in Pakistan, he added.

The platform will support and organize campaigns for women's awareness about cervical cancer while UACC will send women a wakeup call about the risks of the disease and to help them take mandatory measures to reduce personal risk factors and their personal protection of developing disease as awareness is the first step in the prevention of the disease.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jan 29, 2015
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