With the participation of more than 1,500 specialists in oncology globally and locally, Saudi Arabia will host the 7th International Conference on Breast Cancer, which is organized by Health Affairs at the Ministry of National Guard in the city of Jeddah in cooperation with the Saudi Society of Oncology, during the period from 24 – 25 October at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Dr. Meteb AlFoheidi, Breast Cancer Consultant and Head of the Scientific Committee Princess Noorah Oncology Center at King Abdulaziz Medical City – Jeddah, pointed out that this international conference will help shedding light on this disease, which has become widespread in our society, and many do not deal with it very seriously, and as a healthcare organization, it is our duty to spread awareness among the community of the seriousness of breast cancer, and to update the doctors knowledge by incorporating current guidelines and recent data on local therapies, including advances in surgical and radiation therapy, into the treatment of patients with breast cancer. He added “This conference will give informative details on latest updated by providing more than 30 work papers and workshops, directed toward medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists interested in the treatment of patients with breast cancer. Fellows, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, researchers, and other health care professionals interested in the treatment of breast cancer may also participate.
On the other hand, the King Abdulaziz Medical City launched lately the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign which will last until the 30th of October 2015 under the slogan “prevention is the objective”. Dr. Al Foheidi said that the breast cancer awareness campaign aims to identify breast cancer, its types, breast self-examination, its symptoms along with factors that might lead to increasing its risks, the importance of the follow-up with the physician after the end of treatment, the mammogram screening and the common misconceptions about this disease.
Breast cancer is considered the most common types of cancer among females. More than 1 million cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year and many cases die from this disease according to WHO latest statistics. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are a number of risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include:
Age: the chance of getting breast cancer rises as a woman gets older.
Genes – there are two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that greatly increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested.
Personal factors – beginning periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55. Other risks include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy (also called menopausal hormone therapy), taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not havingchildren or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts.
Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in size or shape of the breast or discharge from a nipple. Breast self-exam and mammography can help find breast cancer early when it is most treatable.
Treatment may consist of radiation, lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. Men can have breast cancer, too, but the number of cases is small.