23% of women in Kuwait di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Early de­tec­tion of breast can­cer could help limit the num­ber of deaths claimed by this lethal dis­ease, a health of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day, adding that around 23 per­cent of women in Kuwait suf­fer from the ail­ment.

Breast can­cer is amongst the world’s most per­va­sive dis­eases, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Kuwait Can­cer Con­trol Cen­ter (KCCC) Dr Khu­lood Al-Ali said on the side­lines of a cer­e­mony mark­ing ‘World Can­cer Day,’ which falls on Oc­to­ber of each year. More­over, she noted that with the help of mam­mog­ra­phy, early de­tec­tion of breast can­cer is pos­si­ble. On the spread of breast can­cer in Kuwait, Ali said that in 2013, ev­ery 57 out of a 100 women were di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease, at an av­er­age age of 54. She also noted that 12 per­cent of these cases were women aged be­low 40 while the num­ber of deaths were ev­ery eight out of a 100 cases. She also spoke of Kuwait’s com­mit­ment to fight breast can­cer as the coun­try has ini­ti­ated a num­ber of pro­grams de­signed to de­tect early signs of breast can­cer in hopes of max­i­miz­ing re­cov­ery. The health of­fi­cial noted that breast can­cer re­cov­ery has about an 80 per­cent suc­cess rate. For the sixth con­sec­u­tive year, KCCC or­ga­nized a cer­e­mony that un­der­scored the im­por­tance of healthy life­style habits to ward off the dis­ease.

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