‘Self-examination technique is crucial to check breast cancer’

DHAKA, Oct 7, 2018 (BSS/UNICEF FEATURE) – In this modern world, there are
a lots of way to check or diagnose breast cancer, but in our country self-
examination technique is the best way to find out whether a woman is about to
fall victim to this deadly disease.

“There are a lot of ways to diagnosis the disease, but in the context of
our country self-examine technique is the best way for early detection in
case of breast cancer,” Assistant Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics Dr
Sharmin Abbasi told BSS.

As the mammogram is expensive for the women in our country, the cancer
experts suggest taking up the task literally in their own hands, she added.

Breast self-examination (BSE) is a technique which allows an individual to
examine her breast tissue for any physical or visual changes. It is an early
detection method for breast cancer.

She suggested applying BSE at the end of monthly period of a woman. If one
is pregnant, no longer having periods or period is irregular, in that case
she have to choose a specific day each month to do the task.

In this process one has to press her breast properly and if she feels any
lumps or notice any other unusual changes, then she must have to see a
doctor, Dr Sharmin Abbasi added.

Speaking to BSS, Clinical Oncology expert Professor Dr M Ehteshamul Hoque
blamed lack of awareness about the disease in preventing it in the early

“Our society does not encourage women to share such problems with their
friends and families. We should make sure that women know how to examine
themselves so that they can get treatment for the disease as soon as
possible,” Dr Hoque said.

He said thousands of lives could be saved by organizing awareness building
programmes like seminars, rallies, conferences and brain storming sessions
about the disease.