According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in 2012 there were over 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer reported worldwide. The same year saw over half a million deaths due to breast cancer, around the globe.
Early detection is key to breast cancer survival. According to Dubai Health Authority, there is a 98% survival rate in cases where the cancer is detected in the initial stage, compared to a 27% survival rate if it’s detected in the advanced stage. This makes it crucial for women to be aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and realize the importance of regular check-ups.
The month of October sees a variety of events, fundraisers and drives all around the world, all aimed at increasing awareness about breast cancer. Similar events in the UAE address a wide range of topics, ranging from educating women about the symptoms and how to check themselves for anomalies, offering complimentary screening tests, raising funds for prominent charities and breast cancer research to sharing inspiring stories of breast cancer survivors.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, a number of hospitals and clinics in the UAE are offering complimentary breast examinations as well as free or heavily discounted mammogram screenings for women, throughout the month of October.
So, don’t delay that breast examination. Get yourself checked at any of the following medical centers in the UAE:
|Aster Hospital & Medical Centres||Free breast cancer examination and mammogram (if recommended) for Avon members and those who collect a free breast exam voucher from Joyalukkas. (Valid till 31 October 2015)||Dubai|
|Mediclinic Welcare Hospital||50% discount on mammogram screenings for women above the age of 40. (Valid throughout October 2015)||Dubai|
|Mediclinic City Hospital||50% discount on mammogram screenings for women above the age of 40. (Valid throughout October 2015)||Dubai|
|Mediclinic Dubai Mall||50% discount on mammogram screenings for women above the age of 40. (Valid throughout October 2015)||Dubai|
|Saudi German Hospital||50% discount on consultation, ultrasound and mammogram tests. (Valid throughout October 2015)||Dubai|
|Lifeline Hospital||Complimentary breast examination & ultrasound scan. Mammogram (if indicated) at a discounted rate of AED 250. (Valid till 31 October 2015)||Dubai|
|Irish Medical Clinic||Free breast examination & guidelines on how to do a self-checkup. (Valid from 18 October-22 October 2015)||Dubai|
|Zulekha Hospital||Free consultation, and mammograms (for women over 40) under the ‘Pinkitnow’ initiative. (Valid till 31 December 2015)||Dubai, Sharjah|
Various organizations, other than hospitals and clinics, have also displayed their active support in raising awareness about breast cancer in the UAE. ‘Pink Caravan’ is one such initiative which has partnered with a number of companies, retail stores, hotels and cafes in the UAE to organize over 50 events to promote breast cancer awareness.
ADCB is also contributing towards the cause through the ADCB Pink Month initiative. It has organized a number of breast cancer awareness events in the UAE and has also partnered with various charities within the country. Its most prominent initiative is the Wellness-on-Wheels mobile mammogram unit which will be touring all over the UAE throughout October, offering free screening tests.
|Fitness First Party in Pink Zumbathon||18th Oct||Fitness First, the Meadows||6pm – 9pm||The event will start with a Zumba session for kids, followed by a women-only two-hour Zumba session starting at 7:15 pm. The event has been organized in collaboration with Pink Caravan, and you can register for free by typing your name along with ZUMBAMOVES and sending it to 4900.||Dubai|
|BurJuman Safe & Sound Campaign||30th Oct||Kite Beach||8am||30th October will mark the closing event for Breast Cancer Awareness month, organized by BurJuman. Learn about the experiences of breast cancer survivors and be part of the launch of the Safe & Sound app, which will replace the annual walkathon, allowing people from within the UAE as well as outside to participate.||Dubai|
|Pink Pilates||16th Oct||Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana||5:30 pm||Participate in a Pilates session by a certified Pilates instructor, and learn about breast cancer, mammography and self-checks. Participants will be charged a fee of AED 100.||Abu Dhabi|
|The Funny Girls go Pink||17th Oct||JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR||8 pm||Enjoy stand-up comedy at its best, with Mina Liccione and the Funny Girls performing in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Tickets are available for AED 75 per person.||Dubai|
|ADCB Pink Run||16th Oct||Zayed Sports City||7 am||Take part in a 5K or 10K run organized by ADCB and Abu Dhabi Striders, to show your support for breast cancer awareness. ADCB’s Wellness-on-Wheels mobile mammogram unit will also provide free screenings at the event.||Abu Dhabi|
|ADCB Pink Lady Golf Day||27th Oct||Abu Dhabi Golf Club||12:30 pm||ADCB is also sponsoring a golf event in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which aims to raise funds for charities like Al Jalila Foundation & Breast Cancer Research. Over 100 women are expected to take part in the event.||Abu Dhabi|
|Pink Afternoon Tea||Oct||Fairmont Ajman & Fairmont The Palm||The Pink Afternoon Tea will feature a delectable menu along with some ‘pink’ culinary treats. It is priced at AED 75 per person at Azrak lounge, Fairmont Ajman and AED 135 per person at Mashrabiya lounge, Fairmont The Palm. AED 10 for every tea experience, will be donated to Pink Caravan.||Dubai, Ajman|
You should also check if your health insurance policy covers annual mammogram screening tests. And if you’re getting a new health insurance plan, make sure you check if this is included in the benefits.