Sixteen percent of the total cancer affected women in the country are victim to breast cancer, says a World Health Organisation (WHO) study.
WHO also ranked Bangladesh 2nd in terms of mortality rate of women in the country from breast cancer.
Dr Lutfar Rahman, project director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission, referred to the study while speaking at the inaugural session of the month-long International Breast Cancer Awareness Programme organised by Ahsania's cancer hospital in the city yesterday.
Cancer specialist Prof Mahbubul Alam said around three-fourth of women aged over 50 in the country are affected with breast cancer.
Unmarried women are at high risk of breast cancer, but it can be cured completely if detected at early stage, said National Prof Dr MR Khan.
Surgical oncologist Prof Haron-or-Rashid suggested women to marry after 20 and adopt first baby before 30 to avoid breast cancer.
Ahsania Mission Cancer Detection Centre and Hospital Director Brig Gen (retd) Syed Fazle Rahim presided over the function.
Jurist barrister Rafiq-ul-Haque, lawmaker MA Jabbar, artiste Parveen Mushtari, and the hospital adviser Mohammad Ali, among others, were present there.
As a part of the awareness programme, the hospital has set to provide free counselling on breast cancer from 9:00am to 2:00pm during the whole October beginning yesterday at the hospital.
People can also contact at 01718594682 and 01712103689 for any information relating to breast cancer.