The UAE’s most prominent breast cancer awareness campaign, the Pink Caravan Ride launched by Friends of Cancer Patients, FoCP, detected 10 cases of malignant breast cancer this year during its tour of the Emirates. The seventh annual ride, held in March 2017, ended having offered 7,108 free medical examinations across the seven emirates. The cases discovered have been referred to FoCP for potential support.
Eight more cases from the seventh ride are currently awaiting biopsy results and detailed medical analysis.
"All 10 breast cancer cases reported in this edition have been quickly transferred to FoCP, who will follow up with the patients keeping in mind their overall physical and mental wellbeing. Towards this end, we will also provide counselling and strong emotional support for patients and their families," said Reem BinKaram, Chairperson of the Pink Caravan’s Higher Organising Committee.
"Early detection of these cases will play a pivotal role in treatment. Studies indicate that 98 percent of breast cancer cases, if detected early, can be treated successfully. This gives us immense hope to think of a bright, cancer free future for our patients."
She emphasised the critical role the constant patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as well as the directives and support of his wife, H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Founder and Royal Patron of the FoCP, has played in furthering the goals of the Pink Caravan Ride to enhance its campaigning efforts across the UAE, fostering hope and positivity among patients and their caregivers with medical support.
BinKaram also thanked all partner institutions, medical and non-medical, for their unfailing support.