SHARJAH, After concluding a successful eighth edition of the Pink Caravan breast cancer awareness campaign across the seven emirates of the UAE last month, the non-profit organisation, Friends of Cancer Patients, FOCP, has continued their mission to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment and palliative care of breast and cervical cancers, through wellness days they organised in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in April.
On April 19, the Pink Caravan Medical Wellness team parked their initiative in two locations in the UAE. At the Maryam bint Omran School in Abu Dhabi, approximately 150 attendees including students above 16 years, teachers and parents, underwent clinical examinations and witnessed several awareness talks given by cancer experts.
The other location covered was the Dubai-based Medtronic Company, where around 25 attendees were given important insights on cancer awareness, importance of undergoing regular screenings and the role it plays in early detection, ways to self-examine oneself, the right kinds of treatment, and so on.
Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General of FOCP and head of PC Medical and Awareness Committee, said, “In the previous years, we organised wellness days in the month of October marking the international breast cancer awareness month. This year, we have taken our efforts a step further by staring as early as April in order to allow institutions and communities across the UAE ample time to book a wellness day session for their members, students or employees, aiming to reach out as many people in the UAE as possible.”
She added, “There are some risk factors that we can’t control such as being female or having a family history of breast or cervical cancer; however there are positive steps that we can take in our daily lives to help reduce the risk. Maintaining a healthy weight and staying fit are important factors in reducing your risk of developing these cancers. A wellness programme like the one we have been taking around the Emirates is crucial as early detection is a person’s best chance of surviving a cancer diagnosis, especially when it is found in the breast.”
Source: Emirates News Agency