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Month-long cervical cancer awareness programme begins Jan 13

DHAKA, Jan 11, 2018 (BSS) - A month-long programme will begin in the country on January 13 to create awareness among mothers about cervical cancer.

As part of the programme, a rally titled 'March for Mother' with the theme "Big NO to Early Marriage" will be held on January 13 which will begin at 10 am in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and will end coming at police box in Farmgate.

A total of eight organizations including Cancer Pratirodh Gobeshona Kendra, Gyne Oncology Society of Bangladesh, YWCA, Oporajita (Society for Survivor), Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh, Community Oncology Foundation of Bangladesh, The Blue Sky Charitable Foundation and Cancer Awareness Foundation of Bangladesh will arrange the rally with the assistance of Rotary Club International District (3281).

Besides, discussions and seminars will also be held marking the awareness month.

A study, conducted by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), shows that one woman is being affected by cervical cancer in every five cancer patients in Bangladesh. Around 12,000 women are affected by cervical cancer every year.

It reveals that the cervical cancer among women is in the fourth position across the globe while second in Bangladesh.

"Many women of our country feel shy to talk about their health problems especially regarding breast and cervical. But it is not a matter of shame...Patients and their family member should come forward without feeling any shy," said Habibullah Talukder Raskin, associate professor of National Cancer Research Institute and Hospital and also the convener of the rally.

Professor Shuvagata Chowdhury said the country's people are now more aware about cancer. "We need to create much more awareness among the rural women about this deadly disease," he added.