HAAD, Red Crescent Society join hands to fight breast cancer

ABU DHABI — In a mission aimed at involving philanthropic individuals, institutions and organisations in the work of supporting breast cancer patients and in curbing the disease, a bank account dedicated for this purpose was opened up following an agreement between the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS).

By Olivia Olarte

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Published: Thu 30 Dec 2010, 10:20 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:59 PM

“The idea of creating this account came in response to the desire of a large number of individuals and institutions who wish to donate in order to achieve these noble goals,” said Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of HAAD on Tuesday.

The money donated into the account will go towards supporting women with breast cancer during diagnosis and treatment. In addition, this will be used to assist the needs of the community for breast cancer screening, research and funding breast cancer support groups.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in much of the developed world with one in eight women developing breast cancer during their lifetime.According to the HAAD statistics, approximately 160 women develop breast cancer every year in Abu Dhabi. In the UAE, 87 per cent of breast cancer cases occur after the age of 40, between ages 45-54. Eighty per cent of all cancerous lumps are found by the women themselves.

“Traditional screening is not in our culture, but the increasing number of women and children with breast cancer (means) that should change,” stated Mohammed Khalifa Al Qamzi, General Secretary of the UAE Red Crescent, noting the importance of transforming that “fear” by educating women on the benefits of early detection.

Early detection of breast cancer results in complete cure in 98 per cent of the cases and averts the side effects of intensive treatment, according to HAAD. During the Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, HAAD, in collaboration with over 30 government and non – government entities, launched a series of emirate-wide breast health awareness campaign including Pink-A-Thon in Yas Island, Pink Polo at Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, second Walk for Life in Madinat Zayed, fourth Fun Run in Al Ain and Pink October Finale at Zayed Sports City.

As part of the campaign, lectures, seminars, mobile clinics and pink corners were set up at various locations to promote breast health and advice women on prevention and methods of self-examination. This resulted in huge rise in the number of mammogram screenings that month with a total of 2269, a 500 per cent increase from previous months. “Next year, we aim to get a second mobile clinic to reach out to women in the suburbs. If they do not come to us, then we will go to them. With the funds that we’re going to raise, we hope to conduct more awareness workshops on this regard,” disclosed Al Qamzi.

“Let’s all help breast cancer patients through this gate of hope we’re offering. Support our efforts,” he urged.

Donations can be made to: Dubai Islamic Bank - Account: Red Crescent UAE: 003520572169501.


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