Social taboo leading cause for unchecked breast cancer in Bangladesh

30 October, 2018

From the Dhaka Tribune. Read online:


World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cites breast cancer as one of the top cancers affecting Bangladeshi women and third on the list of cancers for both men and women in Bangladesh...

A recent survey of 246 patients by the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital medical oncology department, social taboos and unawareness were the main reasons for unchecked breast cancer and delay in early detection...

Mohsena Reza, chairman of Inner Wheel District 345... "[We found] unwillingness to go to a doctor and be examined if they found a lump or something not right with their breasts," she said. "This taboo is the reason for many premature deaths from breast cancer."


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