The event, organized by Jam Jar and the General Medical Centre Branch also know as the French Medical Centre, in partnership with Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) pharmaceuticals, manufacturers of Gardasil, the first and only vaccine against cervical cancer, aimed at bringing mother and daughters together through a fun activity to educate them on a number of crucial methods to prevent cervical cancer.
Every mother and daughter were given canvases to paint individual portraits that symbolize their unique relationship. The aim of this exercise was to highlight and strengthen the mother/daughter bond through art. All the artwork will be displayed at The Jam Jar till 13 February,2007 to raise awareness for cervical cancer.
“Cervical cancer has destroyed the lives of many families, it is the second leading cancer in women after breast cancer,” says Dr. Carole Chidiac, Family Medicine Specialist, General Medical Centre Branch – The Village. “I am glad that so many women have eagerly attended this initiative to learn how to protect themselves and their daughters against such a devastating disease.”
Cervical cancer is primarily caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infection. 2.3 million women are currently diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide, and 800 women die daily due to cervical cancers. The annual average of reported cervical cancer cases in UAE has tripled in 2005 compared to reported cases from 1998 to 2004 (Source: Cancer Registry Program).
“We are always very keen on supporting educational initiatives, especially in the case of cervical cancer where awareness of the disease is substantially low in this region” says Hetal Palwani, Owner of The Jam Jar. “It is never too early to start educating children. These girls are the mothers of the future and we are glad to be doing our part in ensuring that they grow up enlightened and educated on cervical cancer”
Gardasil, the first and only vaccine against cervical cancer, is indicated to all girls and females aged 9-26 years for prevention of Cervical Cancer, Cervical, Vulvar and Vaginal dysplasia and Genital warts. The vaccine is a ready-to-use, three-dose vaccine, and should be administered in three injections in the upper arm or upper thigh over a six-month period. . The health care provider should inform the patient, parent or guardian that vaccination does not substitute routine cervical cancer screening. Women who receive Gardasil should continue to undergo cervical cancer screening per standard of care.
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