Free screenings for breast cancer are being offered at The Dubai Mall.
Annual breast cancer awareness drive, the Pink Caravan, is offering medical checks at the world’s biggest shopping centre every day from 4pm-11pm until Sunday, 11th March. Fixed clinics have also been set up in every emirate, including on Sharjah’s Al Majaz Waterfront.
What is the Pink Caravan?
For the eighth year running, horse riders dressed in pink lead a caravan across all seven emirates. In the week-long ride’s wake, screenings for breast and cervical cancer are done in a mobile unit (the Carevan), kids take part in fun activities and people have the chance to find out more about breast cancer, which will affect one in every eight women. Although the disease in men is rare, across the world about 2,150 will be diagnosed every year.
The equine part of the Pink Caravan ends in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (6th March) with clinics at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Zayed University and Zayed Military Hospital.
Organised by the Friends Of Cancer Patients, each year the campaign reaches thousands of people and last year broke its previous records, offering free screenings, mammograms and expert medical advice to 7,108.
Long term, its goals include training Emiratis as as technicians and radiologists, ensuring access to breast cancer early detection and screening programs and assisting in upgrading and equipping breast cancer screening centres in the remote areas of the UAE.
Don’t hang about – get checked out. The Pink Caravan encourages us all to carry out self-examinations and here’s a handy guide.