Free cancer screening is being offered across the emirates from this weekend.
Words by Ayush Narayanan
Mounted on the backs of magnificent horses, the Pink Caravan breast cancer awareness campaign is set to ride across the UAE once again. The procession will travel with a volunteer-run mobile clinic equipped with a mammography unit.
The ninth annual event sets off on Saturday (23rd February) from Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club. The 37km long ride will be split into three stops – Souq Al Jubail and Coral Beach resort, concluding at Al Majaz Waterfront.
The team will then arrive in Ajman on the 24th, Dubai on the 25th, Umm Al Quwain on the 26th, before trotting through Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, to finish in Abu Dhabi on 1st March.
Free examinations are available for women in each city between 4pm-10pm. Follow @thepinkcaravan on social media to find out more.
One in eight women develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime and mammograms are used to spot tumours. However, early detection through self-examination can increase survival rates to 98 per cent, so raising awareness is a key part of the Pink Caravan’s work.
Show your support and help the team share their knowledge on this crucial yet curable issue. In the words of the Pink Caravan crew, ‘Don’t be a stranger, and join us.’
Because we’re never too young to start thinking about our health, Pink Caravan is also calling on riders under the age of 16 to take part in the upcoming events, as “education and awareness starts at a young age.”
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