UAE: 42 days of free health screenings during Pink Caravan Ride 2021

Sharjah - Mammograms, clinical examinations, and self-examination training sessions to be offered for free.

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Published: Tue 29 Dec 2020, 1:13 PM

Last updated: Tue 29 Dec 2020, 1:19 PM

UAE residents will benefit from 42 days of free health screenings when the 11th edition of the Pink Caravan Ride (PCR) — an annual breast cancer awareness initiative of non-profit Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) — kicks off.

PCR clinics across the UAE will offer medical screenings from February 3 to March 30 for all men and women. Mammograms, clinical examinations, and self-examination training sessions will be offered for free.

The annual horseback ride encourages early detection and prevention of breast cancer.

Horseback ride training

The ride will see the participation of equestrian clubs from every emirate. The clubs will organise a series of “entertaining activities to attract more individuals to undergo free health screenings”. They will offer horseback riding training and courses “for a nominal fee”.

The annual event will commence its trek across the seven emirates from Sharjah. The 2021 edition of the PCR will feature a series of activities designed to raise public understanding of the importance of regular self and medical examinations. It will offer free medical consultation and self-examination training to UAE residents.

The ride will enlist the support and services of public and private sector institutions and mobilise the UAE community to ensure its success as it journeys across the country.

The PCR 2021 will see the participation of seven ‘Pink Caravan ambassadors riders’, alongside a team of volunteers, doctors, nurses, and supporting medical staff. The committee further noted that volunteering for the 11th ride is now open and will adhere to the UAE’s stringent precautionary measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Early detection improves survival rates

The PCR has emphasised that community awareness, early detection, and regular self-examination are powerful tools for improving breast cancer outcomes. It could lead to a 98 per cent cure rate.

The Higher Steering Committee of the event stated that early detection and intervention could “alleviate the financial and moral burdens associated with the disease and help enhance an individual’s quality of life”.

A decade of PCR rides

During its decade-long journey, the PCR has conducted more than 75,000 free screenings, and set up clinics “in the farthest corners of the UAE”.

Since 2011, the PCR has been annually trekking across the seven emirates to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer. To date, 850 equestrians from different nationalities have travelled more than 1,950km. PCR clinics have recorded 80 cancer cases from over 75,000 free screenings.

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