UAE: A breast cancer screening posse will ride to remote regions and major cities next year to draw the public’s attention to the UAE’s second-biggest killer of women.
During the 11-day horseback tour, the Pink Caravan will raise funds for breast cancer research and highlight the importance of early detection and regular self-examination.
The group will include a van equipped with mammography facilities so that experts can conduct on-the-spot examinations and screening and will try to dispel the social stigma, inhibitions and myths around breast cancer.
The expedition will start in Sharjah on February 15, then visit Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, then travel through Sharjah again to Dubai and Al Ain. The trip will finish in the capital on February 25.
Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and a long-term supporter of breast cancer initiatives, announced the launch of the fourth annual Pink Caravan tour on Monday.
“Pink Caravan continues to ride for courage and hope for the fourth year, representing the Friends of Cancer Patients in the battle against breast cancer, spreading awareness and offering screening services, including education on the importance of monthly self-examination,” Sheikha Jawaher said.
“We are aware of the social stigma associated with breast cancer and we have come a long way in breaking this social barrier.”
Since its launch in 2011, Pink Caravan teams have screened 22,877 people, including 5,450 men.
Despite the achievements, it remains the most common form of cancer in Abu Dhabi, accounting for 22 per cent of all new cancer cases last year and 41 per cent of cancer cases among women.
© The NationalDec 2013