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Pink Caravan arrives in Khorfakkan, examines 605 on the third day

WAM Sharjah, Feb 05th, 2013 (WAM)–The annual Ride of the Pink Caravan, the pan-UAE breast cancer awareness initiative by the Friends of Cancer Patients charitable organisation, arrived in Khorfakkan on Monday evening, coming from Fujairah.

The accompanying medical team conducted 605 screening examinations in Fujairah and Khorfakkan during the third day of the 10 day journey, bringing the total number of screening examinations being conducted to 1635 men and women of which 907 UAE nationals.

The medical team completed 576 tests at Al Dhaid and Masafi hospitals on the second day and 454 tests in Kalba Hospital and Al Malihah Medical Centre on the first.

The Pink Caravan concluded the third day’s activities , completing 33 km from Fujairah Hospital to Khorfakkan, during which the riders stopped in response to cheers from a large crowd lining the streets near the Fujairah Women’s College. Among the crowd was a delegation from the college who expressed their appreciation of the efforts being made by the Pink Caravan’s team”.

Speaking on the occasion, Ameera BinKaram, President of the Board of Trustees and a Founding member of the Friends of Cancer Patients, said: “When the Pink Caravan was first launched, it was a novel idea that faced a number of social barriers from men and women, due to the nature of the region’s traditions and societal structure.

We have been however able to overcome this challenge by collective efforts of all parties and the support of our leadership. We are now receiving warm welcome everywhere and becoming part of community. As we continue to record numbers of screenings, it is a clear indication of the rise in the levels of social awareness of the importance of early detection, which has been one of our goals”.

“There was an amazing response from men to the early detection examinations, with 358 men having undergone the examination out of the 1635 people who were examined thus far, a full 22% of the total number of screenings. This growing number of male applicants reinforces our belief that the perceived social barriers were completely groundless and unjustified.

The Pink Caravan has managed to correct social misconceptions and dispel damaging myths, an aim we have been focusing in line with the global campaign launched by the Union for International Cancer Control,” she added.

The third day saw an excellent turnout from citizens and expatriates for breast cancer early detection screening at the mobile clinics located in Al Fujairah Hospital and Khorfakkan Hospital, and 605 applicants, of which 102 were men and 503 women, underwent clinical examinations. The applicants varied in nationality, with 345 UAE nationals and 260 expatriates, among them 175 cases were referred for mammogram screening and 35 cases for ultrasound imaging.

The Pink Caravan is scheduled to arrive in Umm Al Quwain and Ajman at Umm Al Quwain Hospital and Khalifa Hospital in the 5th day of the journey, on Wednesday, February 6. On the sixth day, Thursday, February 7, the Caravan will travel from Ajman to Sharjah and the clinics will be present at the Exhibition Grounds behind Carrefour Centre Ajman.

On Friday, the clinics will be at Sharjah National Park and on Saturday, the Pink Caravan will be in Dubai until Sunday, February 10. The Caravan will go on to Al Ain on Monday and will culminate its journey in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, February 12.


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