Nani, the innovative startup dedicated to empowering women, recently partnered with COLABS, a co-working space, to organize an inspiring breast cancer awareness session on October 25 at COLABS premises in Gulberg.
The event, aptly named “Together for Change”, organized in collaboration with the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH), brought together a diverse group of inspiring guests and experts to address the vital issue of breast cancer awareness. , early detection and the importance of emotional and physical well-being in a woman’s health journey.
The event brought together an impressive group of guests, including Dr Hanan Selim, award-winning author, international speaker and founder of Tackle & Talk (an online counseling platform), Amna Qamar, founder of One Drum (an initiative promoting mindfulness and personal connection through drum circles) and two-time cancer survivors, Dr. Kinza Manan and Dr. Farhan Jabbar of the renowned Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), and Shireen Gheba, a well-known artist, writer and philanthropist , also a cancer survivor.
Bushra Latif, the founder of Nani, was the host of the event and had the honor of interviewing the esteemed panelists, facilitating an engaging and mindful conversation on the topic of breast cancer awareness.
Dr. Hanan Selim and Shireen Gheba, during their virtual participation, engaged the audience in informative discussions on early detection and the importance of emotional support. Dr. Kinza Manan, Amna Qamar and Dr. Farhan Jabbar shared their ideas and experiences with the audience at COLABS.
Naqqash Haider, Central Punjab Regional Coordinator at AKUH, also graced the event and facilitated AKUH’s participation in this significant initiative.
The Together for Change event was designed to raise awareness about breast cancer and encourage women to prioritize their emotional and physical well-being by scheduling regular checkups. The event’s mission is particularly vital in Pakistan, where breast cancer remains a taboo subject.
“React quickly to any symptoms, don’t delay,” said Shireen Gheba. “We need to understand the importance of starting treatment as early as possible. You have to be proactive. Take control of your treatment, especially where and who will treat you. Also try to manage your finances yourself. It’s a long journey, so have at least two to three caregivers who can help manage you and your treatment. Choose your treatment spiritually as well, as well as financially. Sell jewelry and plots of land if necessary, but reinvest some, to save for other health problems later, God forbid.
According to studies, Pakistan has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer among Asian countries. In Pakistan, approximately one in nine women are likely to suffer from breast cancer at some point in their lives. Shockingly, about 77% of cases of invasive breast cancer occur in women over 50 years old. However, early detection can significantly improve survival rates, reaching 90%.
In Pakistan, breast cancer awareness goes beyond mere knowledge; it’s about debunking myths and encouraging healthy lifestyle adjustments. And also frank, heart-to-heart conversations. Pakistan needs a concerted effort to educate women about breast cancer, promote breast self-examination and advocate for mammography screening.
“Our passionate breast cancer awareness event, held in partnership with COLABS and in alliance with AKUH and SKMCH, has forged a compelling catalyst for transformation, whether large or small. We express our sincere gratitude to every participant, speaker and supporter who joined us. Together, we not only raise awareness; we are shaping a healthier and brighter future for women in Pakistan,” said Bushra Latif.
“Together for Change”, orchestrated by Nani, COLABS and their esteemed partners, envisions a better and healthier future for women in Pakistan.
By bringing together these vital stakeholders and encouraging informed discussions, the event aspired to foster a cultural shift where breast cancer awareness and proactive health measures would become intrinsic and indispensable elements in Pakistani society.