Have you noticed that the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah have turned pink this month? It’s all in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, taking place throughout October. If you’re looking to support the cause, attend events, donate, raise awareness or just educate yourself, check out the list of events in the UAE.
- What events are on in the UAE to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
- Can I get a free mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
- Does my health insurance cover mammograms?
According to World Health Organization, each year there are 1.38 million new cases of breast cancer and 458,000 deaths caused by breast cancer. It is also the most common form of cancer affecting women in the world today.
Dozens of events and drives are being held across the UAE to raise awareness about the importance of early detection, to help inform women about symptoms, self-examination methods and prevention of breast cancer.
Don’t forget to check if your health insurance policy covers annual mammograms. [Compare health insurance plans in the UAE]
During October, you can also find clinics and hospitals supporting the cause, with discounts on mammograms and consultations. Here’s information on places you can visit to get checked.
|Wellbeing Medical Centre||At the Jumeirah branch, get 50 percent off your mammogram and a free breast examination and ultrasound.||Dubai|
|Mediclinic Welcare Hospital||Book a mammogram during the month of October at any of these hospitals and get a 50 percent discount.||Dubai|
|Mediclinic City Hospital||Book a mammogram during the month of October at any of these hospitals and get a 50 percent discount.||Dubai|
|Mediclinic Dubai Mall||Book a mammogram during the month of October at any of these hospitals and get a 50 percent discount.||Dubai|
|GMC Clinics||Book a screening for AED 150 at the Tecom clinic. The screening is inclusive of consultation, physical examination and procedures for self-examination.||Dubai|
|Eternel Clinic||Throughout October, book BRCA1 and BRCA2 screenings at a 20 percent discount. These are screenings which will test for genetic mutations that increase risk of developing breast cancer. Also get a free consultation on breast reconstruction.||Dubai|
|Saudi German Hospital||During October, get a 50 percent discount on mammograms for women over 40 years. Also get free mammogram vouchers and screenings by doctors.||Dubai|
|LLH Hospital Musaffah||The hospital offers breast cancer screenings through mobile mammogram units.||Abu Dhabi|
Health insurance providers in the UAE can also cover annual screenings for breast cancer. However, it depends on the kind of policy you have, or if your doctor has prescribed the screening.
|Health insurance provider||Individual policy mammogram screening cover|
|Aman||If prescribed by the doctor or as pre-existing condition|
|NOW Heath International||Covered under group policies only*|
|New India Assurance||If prescribed by the doctor or as pre-existing condition|
|Oriental Insurance Company||If prescribed by the doctor or as pre-existing condition|
*These providers cover screenings only if you have a group health insurance policy and not an individual policy.
|Saudi German Hospital Pink Ribbon Campaign||20th Oct||Saudi German Hospital in Al Barsha 3||10pm – 4pm||Attend educational lectures on breast cancer, and workshops on symptoms, self-examinations, prevention and cure. During the event, get free mammogram vouchers and consultations by doctors.||Dubai|
|Ahlan Bounce for Breast Cancer awareness||21st Oct||Bounce in Al Qouz||8pm – 10pm||Pay AED 100 and register for the one-hour Bounce session. Get a sponsorship pack upon registration to raise funds which will be donated to UAE’s Friends of Cancer Patients charity. Event will be open to women, men and children. Participant with the most creative pink attire will win a six-day Maldives holiday.||Dubai|
|Fitness First Pink Zumbathon||21st Oct||Fitness First Meadows||6pm – 10pm||Register for a free event at Fitness First – open to members and non-members in aid of Breast Cancer Arabia. Women participants will be part of a three-hour Zumba session, with one-hour sessions for kids. Participants will also receive gifts and prizes from sponsors. A women-only event.||Dubai|
|Fitness First Pink Zumbathon||21st Oct||Fitness First Marina Mall Abu Dhabi||6pm – 10pm||Register for a free event at Fitness First open to members and non-members in aid of Breast Cancer Arabia. Women participants will be part of a three-hour Zumba session, with one-hour sessions for kids. Participants will also receive gifts and prizes from sponsors. A women-only event.||Abu Dhabi|
|Coffee morning at The Clubhouse||23rd Oct||The Clubhouse at Zayed Sports City||9:30am – 12pm||Buy a ticket priced AED 40 and enjoy a morning filled with fresh coffee and sweet treats. Also enter a draw to win discounts at stores. Funds will be donated to Breast Cancer Arabia.||Abu Dhabi|
|Bur Juman Pink Walkathon||31st Oct||Zabeel Park||8am||Dress in pink and pre-register for a 2km walk at Zabeel Park. Pay AED 50 for adults and AED 30 for children aged eight – 12. Funds will go to raising further awareness and supporting patient care. Enter a draw to win prizes including hotel stays, gift cards, gym memberships and car rentals.||Dubai|
|Jumeirah Group October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month||Oct||Various||N/A||Events and activities will be held at various locations during October to raise breast cancer awareness. These include special spa packages, promotions and gym memberships and pink decorations.||Dubai|