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Friends of Cancer Patients organises Ramadan workshops to raise breast cancer awareness
2013-07-17 17:38:30
WAM ABU DHABI, July 17th, 2013 (WAM) -- The Friends of Cancer Patients charitable society (FOCP), through its Pink Caravan breast cancer awareness campaign, has organised workshops for both men and women in the Holy Month of Ramadan in a bid to raise breast cancer awareness, and disseminate information about cancer, its risk factors, and the important role of self examination and early diagnosis.

The workshops are being conducted at the Al Multaqa Ramadan Forum entitled "Breeze of Mercy"' at the Zabeel Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, from between Fridays and Tuesdays July 12th to 23rd. It is the cancer society's second consecutive year of participation at the huge Ramadan event which is organised annually by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

Breast cancer is considered one of the most common cancers in women and a leading cause of death. Regular self examination, early detection, and diagnosis is critical to fight as well as survive the illness.

With so much information and new developments in the field of cancer research, understanding and grasping ground realities of the illness can sometimes turn out to be overwhelming. Keeping this in mind, a team of medical professionals will be coaching both men and women on the process of self-examination.

Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Secretary-General for the Friends of Cancer Patients charitable society and the Head of Pink Caravan's Medical and Awareness Committee, said, "Self-examination at least once a month is an important method of diagnosis which is persistently encouraged in adult women of all ages. Almost forty percent of breast cancers are detected when women feel a lump in the breast area, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is vital for early diagnosis." With the aim to spread awareness about breast cancer throughout the UAE, the dedicated team of Friends of Cancer Patients strive to reflect the message that precaution is the best cure.

The workshops will take place from 9.00 PM to 12.00 AM.

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