Ammar, Salam and Saghir attend the forum at the Grand Serail.
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Lebanese journalist and breast cancer survivor Liliane Andraos was once afraid of how she would adapt to life with the illness.The forum was held to celebrate October as breast cancer awareness month and mark the 14th National Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, featuring the slogan, "She remembers everything, but might forget the mammogram ... Remind her every year".The emphasis of the campaign is for men to remind women, who can often prioritize their family's health, to take time for their own as well. "In the past we used to see a lot of advanced cancer, we used to have 60 to 80 percent advanced breast cancer ... and now, after this campaign, we have statistics at AUB that we now have more early [stage] breast cancer," he told The Daily Star on the sidelines of the event.Sixty to 70 percent of the cases they are dealing with now are early stage breast cancer, Saghir explained.Breast cancer in Lebanon constitutes 41 percent of cancer cases among women and 21 percent of all cancer cases, according to press materials distributed at the event.Despite the success the campaigns have achieved, there are still women who arrive for treatment with advanced stage breast cancer.
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