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The Pink Caravan’s mobile medical clinics roam UAE for detection of breast cancer

United Arab Emirates: Monday, April 04 - 2011 @ 15:41

This is an initiative by the Sharjah Mega Mall, who have set up the first mobile clinics – which witnessed superlative support and appreciation from the women. Al Dhaid area and Falaj Al Moalla have initiated a couple of similar clinics in the second day of the campaign.

Along with the free screening of breast cancer for those interested, all participants made use of the informative explanation on how to perform monthly self examinations for early breast cancer detection through the thorough illustration as well as answering queries and questions by people and distributing health awareness brochures.

The medical examination of early breast cancer detection included women aged 20 and above, diagnosed by a physician in addition to performing the Sure Touch exam. These health professionals also played an important role in referring women over the age of 20 years for free mammography and ultrasound screenings, and they answered queries by the people apart from distributing health awareness brochures.

In this context, Prof. Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Secretary General of Friends of Cancer Patients and Head of the Medical Awareness and Medical Committee of the Pink Caravan Campaign, said that: “The Pink Caravan is considered one of its kind globally, in terms of the integration between the horse riding sport and breast cancer awareness. The Pink Caravan’s committee has implemented what Her Highness

Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qassimi, wife of Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi and the Honorary President of Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), has recommended to provide trained and professional medical calibre in addition to the most advanced techniques used in the area of the early detection. Therefore, we invite all women to make use of what the Pink Caravan Committee provides including services and free diagnosis of the early detection of breast cancer through addressing the diagnostic centers on the Caravan’s route.”

He further said, “The Pink Caravan is an initiative of the Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) and is supported by the Sharjah Islamic Bank. It is an integrated program that will show its presence in more than 10 clinics across all the country’s emirates, including remote areas. Herein, trained and professional health providers will offer their services during the 10–day journey (starting April 2 until April 11) in three strategic sites on the campaign’s route either in the medical clinics, or schools, or other sites such as shopping malls and others. The Pink Caravan’s Awareness Committee, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, Dubai Health Authority, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, and The University of Sharjah’s college of Medicine, will work on spreading awareness by offering its distinctive services.”

In addition, the campaign will donate a model designed to show women how to perform breast self-examinations. This model will be donated to all medical clinics to ensure the continued education and awareness of women who regularly visit these clinics.

The Pink Caravan will be available in mobile clinics today Monday April 4 at Al Masafi Hospital and Ajman Al Manama Hospital from 8:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. to conduct free tests for early detection of breast cancer. The medical staff will be also available at Al madam Clinic and Al Thamid Clinic in Sharjah on Tuesday April5, and again at Al Madam Clinic and Lisili Clinic in Dubai on Wednesday April 6 and 7, while on Friday April 8, the Pink caravan will be at Mirdif City Center Dubai. On the other hand, UAE Genetic Diseases Association will accompany the Pink Caravan for free blood tests to examine genetic diseases like Thalasemia and else.

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