Saudi women form record human pink ribbon chain


JEDDAH - Saudi Arabia entered the Guinness Book of World Records by forming the world’s largest human pink ribbon chain on Thursday.

By (Our Correspondent)

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Published: Sun 31 Oct 2010, 12:11 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:29 AM

The chain was established at the Ministry of Education Sports Stadium in Al Rawdah. The event, part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign held under the patronage of the Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Foundation and the Princess Reema Bint Bandar Bin Sultan Al Saud and Al-Bidayah Centre for the Zahra Breast Cancer Association, saw the previous record figure of 3,640 bettered by a turnout of over 4,000 Saudi and expatriate women.

Princess Reema said the occasion would help promote a “much needed public awareness of the causes and effects of cancer. This will let women and families affected by the disease know that they are not alone.

“It’s very important that the awareness message gets to each and every woman in not just the Kingdom but the entire world,” she added.

Princess Reema said that with medical procedures available that can detect stages one and two of breast cancer, it was essential to inform women through the media of the need for early check-ups.

“Every woman who hasn’t been able to join us today will know that we are with her and that she is not suffering alone,” she said.

“We have been following the number of people intending to take part in the event through Facebook, text messages, the television and other media, and word-of-mouth,” Princess Reema said.

“We have people helping and supporting us and who really want to spread the word, people not just from Saudi Arabia but from all over the world, and that’s what makes the campaign so exciting,” she added.

It may be mentioned here that contrary to the popular belief, breast cancer affects both men and women.

Figures from the Saudi Cancer Registry show that in the year 2005, males represented 49 per cent of breast cancer cases reported in the Kingdom — a year which saw 10,513 cases of breast cancer.

habib@khaleejtimes.com



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