Breast cancer is abnormal proliferation of breast tissue. Statistics showed that worldwide breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women where 2.1 millions of women each year are affected and It also accounts for 15% of cancer deaths among women.
In Rwanda 54 out of 100,000 will develop cancers in given five-years period but rates seem to be rising because breast cancer data is getting more accurate or declines in infectious are allowing women to live longer die of such as cancer.
On this Friday at La PALISSE Hotel there were a conference on “fighting challenge through palliative care for someone with breast cancer”. Health people Rwanda (HPR) as one of NGOs that has mission of empowering local communities and improve quality of lives through integrated health development commitments, effective service delivery and impact evaluation from the grassroots was also invited among different non-government organisations (NGOs) that promote the health of population in Rwanda. Among the participants there were also victims of breast cancer where they were allowed to ask the challenge they face.
The Aim of the conference was to improve early diagnosis of breast cancer which is helpful for the people who are at risk, interaction and interworking with organization in charge of following these victims, sharing testimony between survivors and victims of breast cancers, being in direct contact with the voice of the victims as key to understand how it feels and pain inside their heart, talking with victims and help them to understand their care and remove bad myths of traditional medicine.
Palliative care was also a topic discussed during the course of meeting, eradication of stigma and promote dignity of the victims were also the issue addressed in the conference where holistic care such as social, spiritual, physical, psychological and emotional.
At the end of the conference the conclusion was everyone should be eyes, ears and voice of their colleagues among the victims and also help to master palliative care for both victims and survivors. Despite that the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing than ever before, the disease is still devastating lives, As HPR we believe that by help of NGOs which are promoting the health population in our country more than ever, especially by taking action against breast cancer and this will create a future where everyone who develops the disease can live and live well.