SHARJAH, 30th January, 2018 (WAM) — With the Pink Caravan’s annual week-long breast cancer awareness ride around the UAE set to commence on 28th February, the organisation is promoting its message that early detection is essential to ensure effective treatment.
The pan-UAE breast cancer initiative, which falls under the umbrella of Friends of Cancer Patients, FoCP, is using the run-up to this year’s ride to educate the nation about the importance of breast examinations in combatting the disease, which is the leading type of cancer in women.
Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director-General of FoCP and Head of the Pink Caravan Medical and Awareness Committee, aims to highlight that regular check-ups are essential, to identify any abnormalities as soon as possible. She is sending out a positive message that treatments have a high rate of success if the cancer is detected in its early stages while adding that the Pink Caravan Ride is a good opportunity to receive a free breast examination.
“Breast Cancer is a medical condition like many others, which can be treated with an extremely high success rate, as long as it is identified at the earliest opportunity. We need to ensure that this message is understood. We have excellent medical professionals and facilities in the UAE, and I would urge men and women to take advantage of this, to ensure that they undergo regular breast check-ups. This year’s Pink Caravan Ride, which will take place from 28th February to 6th March, will travel around the seven emirates to offer free breast assessments and mammograms to men and women, providing the ideal opportunity for residents and citizens to receive a breast health check,” she said.
Dr. Al Madhi stressed that breast cancer makes up 25 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women globally, according to the American Cancer Society, and the risk factors for the disease in women include having their first pregnancy in their thirties or older, being overweight, undergoing menopause hormone therapy, living a sedentary lifestyle, being 55 years or older, and having dense breast tissue.
“While some factors for breast cancer are genetic, others can be successfully addressed, such as ensuring a nutritious diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, taking physical exercise and the careful use of supplementary hormones. Women should talk to their doctors about when and how often mammograms are needed, based on their individual risk factors. They should also see a doctor if they notice any breast changes, such as lumps, skin changes, swelling, pain, changes in the nipple and anything unusual in the breast area,” she said.