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Remember: Survival rate is high if diagnosed early

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‘We can say we have started to win the battle’

Breast cancer is the most studied cancer in the world. Such being the case, survival rate is high provided early diagnosis is made.

“Survival rate is good and getting better year after year as our medications are getting better and breast cancer is the most studied cancer in the world. We can say we have started to win the battle,” said Dr. Mohanad Diab medical oncology consultant and head of oncology services at NMC Group.

Problem is, said Dr. Archana Ashtekar, obstetrics and gynecology specialist at Bareen International Hospital, “majority of women in the UAE are not very open to discuss or see a doctor about breast cancer.”

“This phenomenon is mainly due to the stigma associated with cancer – and this one of the reasons for the late diagnosis. Women are particularly worried about having to go through the trauma of breast cancer tissue removal (mastectomy) and thus ignore the symptoms,” she said.

Another issue, according to her, is that “many Filipinos do not want their families back home to worry about their condition, so they would rather not talk about it.”

Lastly, Ashtekar said, some insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatment, so it becomes a financial issue for the most part.”

Ashtekar said chances of survival of those who suffer from breast cancer, especially those in early stages, are higher than other types of cancer. “If detected at stage one, the chances of survival are between 95 to 100%. The chances of survival reduce to 86 percent if detected at stage two, and becomes 57 percent only at stage three.”

Dr. Balaji Balsubramanian, surgical oncologist consultant at NMC Hospital added that patients are also concerned with loss of job, feeling alone (not having their relatives in this country ), the impact of treatment on appearance especially hair fall and fear of cancer recurrence.

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Batangas City councilor dies from COVID-19

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