Over 2,500 new cases of breast cancer each year in Tunisia
20/10/2019 14:20, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - More than 2,500 new cases of breast cancer are recorded each year in Tunisia, said president of the Tunisian Association for Assistance to Breast Cancer Patients (French: ATAMCS), Dr Khaled Rahal.

In a statement to TAP, he predicts that this number will increase to nearly 4,000 new cases over the next five years. He considered that intensified awareness-raising campaigns can help reduce the number of new cases and prevent deaths at a rate of 100%, through early diagnosis but also by avoiding the causes of the disease, including smoking, alcohol consumption and late childbearing.

During an awareness event organised by the association, at El Menzah 6 youth cultural and sports complex (Ariana governorate) in the context of pink October, the doctor said that "scientific and technological progress has helped to find effective breast cancer care mechanisms including genetic analysis procedures to find out the real reasons for the disease, especially since 5% of the cases are hereditary".

He pointed out that the size of the tumor at the time of its detection, measured 7 cm, in the 1970s, while currently it measures 3.5 cm, which is a positive sign in care.

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