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05/02/2014 Challenge rises to Pakistan's breast cancer taboos

Author: Millennia2015

Source: Kaleej Times

 

 

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Challenge rises to Pakistan's breast cancer taboos

Kaleej Times

 

In Pakistan, a country where breast cancer kills more women than terrorist attacks, an awareness group couldn't even say the word “breast” while talking at a university about mammograms and how to check for lumps.

 

They had to use the euphemism “cancer of women” to discuss a disease often shrouded in social stigma in Pakistan.

One in nine women in Pakistan will face breast cancer during their life, with the country itself having the highest rate of the disease across Asia, according to the breast cancer awareness group PinkRibbon, oncologists and other aid groups.

 

Yet discussing it remains taboo in a conservative culture where the word breast is associated with sexuality instead of health and many view it as immoral for women to go to the hospital for screenings or discuss it even within their family.

 

 

=> Direct link to the article here: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?section=todaysfeatures&xfile=data/todaysfeatures/2014/january/todaysfeatures_january31.xml

 

 

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