Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 22 August 2019

Pink Caravan conducts 4,700 breast cancer screenings

The annual Pink Caravan horse ride has managed to conduct almost 4,700 free breast cancer screenings during its nine-day journey around the country.
The 2016 Pink Caravan ride, on which more than 100 male and female riders took part, began on March 7 and passed through all seven emirates. Courtesy The Pink Caravan
The 2016 Pink Caravan ride, on which more than 100 male and female riders took part, began on March 7 and passed through all seven emirates. Courtesy The Pink Caravan

ABU DHABI // The annual Pink Caravan horse ride conducted nearly 4,700 free breast cancer checks during its nine-day journey around the UAE.

The ride, where more than 100 male and female riders took part, began on March 7, taking in all seven emirates.

Under the slogan Soldiers of Pink Hope, it aimed to improve awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

The organising committee said 4,089 women and 602 men were screened, with 1,557 being referred for mammogram examinations and 283 for ultrasounds.

“The sixth Pink Caravan managed to achieve good results in awareness and providing free examinations to detect breast cancer in the past nine days,” said Dr Sawsan Al Madhi, head of the Pink Caravan medical and awareness committee.

“We were pleased with the overwhelming public turnout the ride received on its first day in the capital.”

The ride is held under the patronage of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and with the support of his wife, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, founder and Royal patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients organisation.

arizvi2@thenational.ae

Updated: March 17, 2016 04:00 AM

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