• Ridehas coveredfour emirates including Umm Al Quwain
• Doctors praise PCR efforts in raising awareness
• 3,818 free-screenings including 699 in Umm Al Quwain
Sharjah, February 27, 2019
The number of free screenings and medical checkups offered by the ninth annual edition of the Pink Caravan breast cancer awareness ride has reached 3,818 by the end of the fourthday– the Pink Caravan Medical Awareness Committee has revealed.
On day four of the pan-UAE campaign, twelve riders saddled up near the Marvelous Workshop and made their way to Umm Al Quwain General Hospital, where they interacted with hospital visitors, highlighting the importance of early and regular screening to detect breast cancer at an early stage.
Throughout the day, the PCR daily clinic at the hospital witnessed scores of men and women queuing up for free screening and information. Likewise, the Falaj Al Mualla and Al Salama Health Centers, in addition to Al Qassimi Hospital for Women and Children daily clinics experienced a massive turnout.
The pink brigade continued on their journey through the emirate and made their way to the iconic national flag, before reaching end point at Umm Al Quwain Museum, where they continued advocating and raising awareness of residents on their path.By the end of the trek, horse riders covered 14.3km.
Khaled Abdullah Al Shehhi, Director of Umm Al Quwain General Hospital, along with a team of senior staff welcomed the volunteering equestrians and the rest of the PCR team to the hospital.
“PCR has been reaching milestone after another on their 9-year journey. Throughout the years, they have effectively delivered their message and reached all members of society.
We have seen a steady and impressive rise in visitor numbers on a yearly basis, which means PCR are on the right path to saving lives through their awareness campaign and free offerings to the public,” said Khaled Al Shehi.
“Since its first ride, PCR has successfully dispelled any misconceptions about the disease. And through their friendly approach, they encouraged people from all nationalities to come forward and be screened. We know a lot of financially strained people who wait for the pink riders to trek in their emirate in order for them to get the free-screening, and ensure they are cancer free,” he continued.
Meanwhile, PCR doctors lauded the continuous success of the awareness campaign in reaching every corner of the country. “I have joined PCR in 2015, and since then, more women are coming in and getting screened. The ride itself, and their presence on social media platform have contributed in raising awareness of women of the community on the necessity of early screening and detection in order to lead a healthy life,” said Dr Nora Al Suwaidi.
“Back in the day, women would come in reluctant and shy away from the physical exam. But things have changed, the majority of woman today come in for screening with background information about cancer and how the procedure goes. We offer them the information and teach them how to self-examine in order for them to carry it out regularly from the comfort of their homes.
“As much as the people are aware about cancer, PCR needs to continue their journey and reach new people in order to prevent this form of cancer,” she concluded.
While women are the primary target of this campaign, the number of men coming in for screening every year has been steadily increasing according to Dr. SamerMuhialldin.
“This is my fifth participation in PCR, and every year without fail, I am blown away with the number of men coming in for screening, so far today, we have screened 30 men in this clinic alone, and they all were given the safe card. The pink riders have delivered their messages to the community successfully and it was well received by men as well.
“Statistically speaking, breast cancer cases are discovered in men over 50-years of age, it is still vital for younger men to come regularly and get screened, to ensure that they are safe. As experts in the field, we encourage all members of society to lead a healthy life through balanced diet, exercise and staying away from smoking and drinking alcohol.”
The Pink Caravan Medical Awareness Committee shared the total number of screenings in Umm Al Quwain as 699, bringing the total tally to 3,818sine the beginning of the ride. This included 3439 women and 379 men. These included1325 people in the 40+ age category and 2493 individuals below 40 years of age. After the initial screenings, 1048 were referred for a mammogram, and 350 were advised to undergo an ultrasound.
On Wednesday, horse riders set off their journey from Sharjah University campus in Khor Fakkan and covered 40km to the end point at Dibba’sSambraid Beach in Fujairah.
The pink riders will be trekking in Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday. Horse riders will start their 14.4km journey at Higher Colleges of Technology – Ras Al KhaimahWomen’s College, and ending their ride at RAK Corniche.
PCR daily clinics will be offering free-screening and consultations at SaqerHospital, RAK EconomicZone, Shaam and RAK Hospitals, in addition to Abdullahbin Omran and Al DhaidHospitals. The Pink Caravan Mobile Medical Clinic will be stationed at RAK Mall.