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Free Breast Cancer Examination Day

Pink Caravan partners with Sharjah Ladies Club offers

November 3rd,2014

One of numerous events from Pink Caravan in October, to mark International Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As part of its activities to highlight October as the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pink Caravan (PC), the pan-UAE breast cancer awareness initiative by the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) charity, once again teamedup with the Sharjah Ladies Club(SLC) to provide a day of free screenings and educational adviceto women.

On 25 October 2014, Pink Caravan's medical team visitedSLC to provide free clinical examinations, along with awareness lectures on the importance of regular self-examination as a precaution against breast cancer. The event wasopen to all women who wished to attend.

Both Pink Caravan and Sharjah Ladies Club have collaborated and organized various Wellness Days in previous years and each year, 6members of the PC medical team participate in the event's execution. A similar partnership on21stOctober last year with SLC resulted in 110 womenbeing screened, and this year the Pink Caravan medical team was able to examine 76 women.

Badria Al Ali Head Of Corporate Communication at Sharjah Ladies Club remarked, "Breast cancer is an issue that we as women cannot afford to ignore, especially when you take into consideration how high the recovery rates are from this disease if it is detected early enough. At SLC the well-being of our members, on all levels, will always be our primary concern, which is why we are extremely pleased present this diverse schedule for Breast Cancer Awareness Month."

Dr Sawsan Al Madhi, Secretary General of the Friends of Cancer Patients charity and Head of the Pink Caravan's Medical and Awareness Committee commented: "It is fantastic that increasing number of public and private entities are partnering with the Pink Caravan and helping us increase outreach. We welcome Sharjah Ladies Club on board once again as our long-time valued partner for the promotion of the importance of early detection of breast cancer, and to increase community awareness about its symptoms, prevention and treatment."

"Regular self-examination remains one of the best ways to ensure early detection. We have triedto use this event to convince women of the importance of regular mammograms, especially after the age of 40."

She added: "We are delighted and grateful to Sharjah Ladies Club for their support, which hasgiven us the opportunity to reach yet more women with this important message."

SLC has been an affiliate of the Pink Caravan since 2011 when the campaign was launched, and has been closely associated with the FoCP since its inception in 1999.

Sharjah Ladies Clubhas been dedicated to educational and leisure activities for women and girls in the Emirate since 1982.

Alongside this partnership event, Pink Caravan is also teaming up with several other corporations, schools and institutions throughout October to host Wellness Days at their sites. These will offer similar screening and advice services; and the campaign has an overall target of providing 1,500 free screenings throughout the UAE during this month. This initiative is a central part of its activities to support and spread the message of International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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