Pink Caravan continues free breast cancer screenings on Day 3
Sharjah - Studies show that 98% of early detected breast cancer cases can be treated and completely cured.
The Higher Steering Committee of the Pink Caravan Ride cancelled the third-day ride (March 9), because of the heavy rains, ensuring the safety of the whole team and the community members. However, the sixth edition of the Pink Caravan Ride has continued its mission of spreading its message of awareness and providing free screenings to people across the country.
The mobile mammography clinic at Khorfakkan Hospital and the fixed clinics at Al Thamid Clinics and Fujairah Hospital received on Wednesday a moderate response by women and men.
Demographical analysis of screened people on the third day shows that the mobile and stationary clinics offered free breast cancer examinations for (348) persons, including (61) men and (287) women, bringing the total number of examined people in three days to (1421), of whom (486) were referred for mammogram screenings, and (120) were referred for further ultrasound examinations to ensure their safety.
Although the ride, set to kick off from City Centre Fujairah on Wednesday's morning, heading to Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort, was cancelled, the riders visited the Khorfakkan and Fujairah hospitals, and Oceanic Resort, where they participated alongside the medical teams in conducting awareness workshops.
Ameera BinKaram, Founding Member and President of the Board of Directors of Friends of Cancer Patients society (FOCP), Chairperson of the Pink Caravan's Higher Steering Committee said, said: "Safety always comes first, due to heavy rains that blessed our beloved country, we decided to cancel the third day ride in a temporary move that aims to ensure the safety of our riders, volunteers and horses whose safety comes above any other considerations."
The Pink Caravan initiative is calling for the UAE community, both women and men, to take advantage of the free medical services offered at its clinics, and to contribute to the fight against breast cancer, through encouraging their family and friends to undergo these free examinations.
Medical studies show that early detection is the key to fighting breast cancer as 98% of early detected breast cancer cases can be treated and completely cured.