(The Monitor Daily, US) – More than 1800 women from the United Arab Emirates have received a free mammogram during the “Pink it Now” campaign, funded by Ford. The Zulekha hospital performed free mammograms from the 1st of October until the 31st of December.
According to the reports coming in from the Zulekha hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah, 1800 female candidates have taken advantage of the breast cancer awareness month and went straight to the hospital in order to receive a free consultation.
The two hospitals in the United Arab Emirates have joined the fight against breast cancer, by enrolling the “Pink it Now” campaign, an initiative started and backed up by the “Ford Warriors in Pink”, a branch of Ford General Motors.
Pink it Now started during the breast cancer awareness month. Its goal was to educate woman on the importance of getting a breast exam in time.
After the hospitals announced that they have taken part in the program, nearly 1800 women scheduled a free consultation at the Zulekha hospitals located in Dubai and Sharjah. The patients who took the hospitals on their offer got consulted by surgeons and oncologists. They also received free mammograms.
Since the program started, 763 mammograms were performed at both hospitals. In Dubai, the doctors managed to squeeze in 318 mammograms, while the hospital in Sharjah performed 445 mammograms.
All in all, the Zulekha hospital in Sharjah performed 1.116 consultations while the one in Dubai conducted 703 consultations. During this period, the doctors have found 13 cases of breast cancer. The good news is that the disease was identified in time, and their chances of surviving the disease have risen tenfold.
Zulekha hospital performed free mammograms in order to educate women on the importance on getting regular examinations.
According to a worldwide cancer report, breast cancer represents 25 percent of all cancer-related cases. A report issued in 2012 stated that approximately 1.68 million women suffer from breast cancer, and that, each year, approximately 522.000 patients succumb to this disease.
The early signs of breast cancer include a lump in the breast area. Other signs may include the breast’s morphology, red patches of skin and fluids pouring down from the nipple. As the disease progresses, the patient may exhibit other symptoms such as bone pain, yellow skin, a shortness of breath and swollen nodes.
WHO stated that in highly developed countries, the rates of survival are quite high (between 80 and 90 percent), meaning that women can have a chance of living, at least, five more years after being diagnosed and treated.
Zulekha hospital performed free mammograms to teach women the importance of detecting the early signs of breast cancer.