Abu Dhabi Hospital supports breast cancer awareness month, as figures rise alarming

by John Carlo Bogayan

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Cancer patients in the Middle East including the UAE is on the rise as number of cases expected to double by 2030, World Health organization reported on Monday, October 7.

According to the latest data released by the Department of Health, there are 4,500 new cases of cancer each year with breast, colorectal, and lung cancers listing top spots.

In line with this, Bareen International Hospital in Abu Dhabi, supports Breast cancer awareness month by launching activities to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education, and early detection.

Starting off with a bike riding activity in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Cycling Club, “The Pink Ride”, which participants and staff from the hospital unifies with pink t-shirts, pink ribbons, pink wristbands, and bikes tagged with pink flags as they pedal around Bareen grounds.

To further promote awareness, participants enthusiastically joined pink balloon release, wherein participants formed human ribbon ahead of releasing the balloon to mark the occasion.

Lastly, patients, guests, and staff had the opportunity to sign on ‘The Pink Wall’ to fully commit and support Breast Cancer Awareness, importantly encouraging early detection.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women and the second highest rate overall. Among women aging 50 and above, rates increase significantly. Doctors at Bareen International Hospital insisted that breast cancer is highly curable if detected early.

“In the fight against breast cancer, early detection is vital. It is treatable and curable if it is detected during the early stages, and in that respect we are honored to be initiating this campaign and urge women to regularly self-examine and if they spot anything unusual that is causing them concern, then we would encourage them to get checked by their doctor,” said Dr. Hala El-Sayed Ali Hassan, Specialist – Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bareen International Hospital.