Breast Cancer Cure Rate Reaches 90%, YKPI & PERABOI Call for Early Detection

Breast Cancer Cure Rate Reaches 90%, YKPI & PERABOI Call for Early Detection

The number of cancer patients throughout the world continues to increase significantly. The addition of this number is in line with the world’s population which is also increasing. The death rate from cancer also looks high. Based on the results of research on 185 countries with a deeper look at 36 types of cancer, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts cancer will be the number one cause of death in the world at the end of this century when compared with stroke or heart which in many countries is declining.

In Indonesia alone, based on the 2018 Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) shows an increase in the prevalence of cancer and tumors of 1.79 per 1000 population compared to 2013 which was 1.4 per 1000 population. The incidence of cancer in Indonesia occurred at 136.6 per 100,000 population, ranked 8th in Southeast Asia and 23rd in Asia. For the types of cancer that most attack the people of Indonesia are different in each sex. For men, lung cancer is 19.4 per 100,000 population. Then followed by liver cancer of 12.4 per 100,000 population. While the highest incidence of women is breast cancer at 42.1 per 100,000 population and cervical cancer at 23.4 per 100,000 population.

Chairman of PERABOI (Association of Indonesian Surgical Oncologists) Dr. Walta Gautama SpB (K) Onk emphasized that despite the high incidence of breast cancer, the cure rate was also high. It can even reach more than 90%. “Of course the cure rate is obtained if the patient comes for treatment at stage zero. The higher the stadium, the more therapeutic modalities needed and the higher costs,” added dr. Walta, at an early breast cancer socialization event, in Ruhui Rahayu’s room, the East Kalimantan Governor’s Office, Samarinda, Friday (18/10).

In response to this, the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) is increasingly motivated to work harder to support government programs in reducing the incidence of advanced breast cancer in Indonesia through its work program. The chairman and founder of YKPI, Linda Agum Gumelar, said that his party would continue to disseminate the importance of early detection to the corners of the country. Coinciding with October as an international breast cancer care month, Linda continued, YKPI picked up the ball of community service activities from PERABOI conducted in Samarinda and Tenggarong to build public awareness of the incidence of advanced breast cancer. “At the same time supporting those who are struggling to defeat breast cancer in order to remain enthusiastic and optimistic,” Linda added, the former Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection of the United Indonesia Cabinet was full of enthusiasm.

Linda expressed public concern and support for breast cancer survivors can reduce the incidence of advanced breast cancer. This was felt by Linda who had struggled against breast cancer. “I was convicted of suffering from breast cancer in 1996. Of course at that time I could not accept, sad, angry, because only death was imagined. However, support, enthusiasm and affection from family, friends, and everyone who cares can turn out to be the most effective medicine in accompanying the difficult times battling cancer and undergoing all stages of doctor’s treatment. Without it all, I would not be here, “Linda said again.

Since its establishment on August 19, 2003, according to Linda, YKPI has focused more on preventive efforts, one of which is by socializing the importance of early detection of breast cancer through breast self-examination and operating the only Mobile Mammography Unit in Indonesia, supported by the Medical Team Dharmais Cancer Hospital since 2015.

Linda realizes that the spread of information about breast cancer in Indonesia has not been evenly distributed, even there are still myths in community groups that encourage the rise of non-medical treatment. There is also a group of people who still feel ashamed of being sentenced to breast cancer even though it is just an early stage and chose to shut himself up and delay medical treatment. “This is what also triggers the high incidence of advanced breast cancer. For that, let’s do BSE regularly at home, the way you can see it on YKPI’s website or social media like Instagram or Facebook. And, immediately consult a doctor if there are abnormalities in the breast. For example feels a lump or change in the nipple. Because this cancer has no symptoms and we will not feel pain at first, so early detection is important, “Linda added.

Previously at Aji Muhammad Parikesit Hospital in Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara Regency, a socialization on breast cancer detection and TOT Self-Awareness (Self Breast Examination) was also held. The chief executive of community service activities Dr. Abdul Rachman SpB (K) Onk said the socialization event would be attended by 100 participants representing representatives of women’s organizations and institutions in Tenggarong. “PERABOI in collaboration with YKPI hopes that this activity will continue later, transmitted to mothers and other organizations so that information about breast cancer will be evenly distributed,” said the chairman of the PERABOI community service.

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