Prevalence, Risk Factors and Disease Knowledge of Breast Cancer in Pakistan

  • Asif, Hafiz Muhammad (Department of Eastern Medicine & Surgery, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, The University of Poonch) ;
  • Sultana, Sabira (Faculty of Pharmacy & Alternative Medicine, The Islamic University of Bahawalpur) ;
  • Akhtar, Naveed (Faculty of Pharmacy & Alternative Medicine, The Islamic University of Bahawalpur) ;
  • Rehman, Jalil Ur. (Faculty of Pharmacy & Alternative Medicine, The Islamic University of Bahawalpur) ;
  • Rehman, Riaz Ur. (Department of Eastern Medicine & Surgery, Directorate of Medical Sciences, GCU)
  • Published : 2014.06.15


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in females all over the world with approximately one million new cases each year as well as one of second leading causes of death among females. In Pakistan, the most frequently diagnosed cancer among females is also breast cancer, accounting for nearly one in nine female patients. Its incidence in Pakistan is 2.5 times higher than that in neighboring countries like Iran and India. The risk factors associated with breast cancer are age, family history, early menarche, intake of combined estrogen and progestin menopausal hormones, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, low socioeconomic status and lack of awareness regarding the disease. This mini-review article aims to provide awareness about breast cancer as well as an updated knowledge about the prevalence, risk factors and disease knowledge of breast cancer in Pakistan.


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