While breast cancer survival rates have grown to over 95 percent in some parts of the developed world, other nations aren't as lucky.TheStar.com
reports that the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) has recorded about 10 new advanced breast cancer patients entering their facilities each month, with five to six of them eventually passing away from the disease. The reasons for these unfortunate statistics are due to their traditional practices, Dr Nik Munriah, a radiologist, told the news source.
"They are more inclined to believe in bomoh or dukun (medicine men) because they are embarrassed to seek treatment at hospitals, which is most saddening," she recently explained to reporters at a press conference.
Munriah is currently imploring Malaysian women to seek out treatment for breast cancer and have faith in modern medicine. She is also asking women to undergo a mammogram, and emphasized that the procedure is painless.
According to the Malaysian Oncology Society, one in 19 women in the country will be diagnosed with the disease at some point during their lives, compared with one in eight for the United States.