Sharjah, UAE: Residents were urged to join the Pink Caravan Ride’s efforts to spread awareness about breast cancer and to seize the chance to visit medical clinics for a free checkup.
Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), has asked the entire community to “join hands and unite their efforts in the fight against breast cancer” a day ahead of the launch of the ride’s 6th edition.
Shaikh Jawaher is also the International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC.
The Pink Caravan Ride, an initiative by Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), will kick off its 6th edition at 10:30am on Monday from the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club as its ‘Soldiers of Hope’ begin their horseback tour around Sharjah on the first day to spread awareness about breast cancer.
His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will attend the launch and announce the opening of a breast cancer centre at University Hospital Sharjah.
Over 100 well-trained horseback riders in pink and white outfits will pass through the seven emirates during the course of their 10-day journey, starting from Sharjah on March 7 and concluding the campaign in Abu Dhabi on March 17.
Free breast cancer screenings will be made available every day at three different medical clinics held as part of the Pink Caravan in each emirate. Mobile clinics will also extend their services throughout the 10-day ride, from 4pm to 10pm, at select locations in each emirate.
“Breast cancer, with its dimensions and implications, poses many challenges that go beyond the patient’s health condition, affecting their family and the entire society,” said Shaikha Jawaher.
“Breast cancer is a non-communicable disease, which is difficult to control completely. However, the Pink Caravan did not accept the darkness but sought to lighting thousands of candles that guided many people through the darkness to a safe and cancer-free life by raising hope in community members, patients and their families.
“I ask everyone to follow the advice and tips of Pink Caravan’s medical teams. Ninety-eight per cent of cancer cases can be completely cured and treated if detected in the early stages,” she added.
Over 60 medical teams members will offer screenings and give out advice about the disease.
The Pink Caravan Ride has established a permanent booth at Al Majaz waterfront this year for the entire 10 days of the event. The booth will be open from 4pm to 10pm, with a medical team at hand to distribute educational brochures and conduct lectures and workshops on how to perform self-examination.
© Gulf NewsMar 2016