SIBU (Bernama) – Women diagnosed by doctors as suffering from breast cancer are advised to give priority to modern medical treatment rather than the traditional.
State welfare, women and family development minister, Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said there were cases of patients who switched to traditional treatment which had not been proven to be effective scientifically or clinically.
“But when traditional treatment is not effective, they will return to the doctor… (unfortunately) by then, it may be too late.
“We should not delay as treatment and timing are crucial in the treatment of breast cancer,” she said.
Fatimah was speaking to reporters after launching the ‘Kiss Goodbye To Breast Cancer (KGBC) campaign’ organised by AVON Cosmetics (M) Sdn Bhd at the AVON Beauty Boutique in Kampung Dato here today.
Meanwhile, she said only 75 per cent of the 8,500 women at risk of being afflicted with breast cancer in the state had carried out mammogram screening between January and September this year.
Based on the National Population and Family Development Board record, only 6,372 women took part in the screening, with most of them coming from rural areas.
“We hope all parties, especially non-governmental organisations, work hard to ensure we achieve a 100 per cent target by year-end,” said Fatimah.
She said, since the launch of the campaign from May 2007 to Sept 30 this year, 28,043 women in Sarawak had undergone the screening.
She said 35 of them were confirmed as having been afflicted with breast cancer.