“Cancer is just a term; it doesn’t define who you are!” says Laurie Ann in her book When Gray Becomes a Primary Color. This phrase sums up the Breast Cancer Awareness Event that took place last Saturday.
The seminar started with Dr. Nahida Amin,Family Medicine Doctor, from King’s College Hospital, who explicitly explained the steps needed to be taken in order to detect breast cancer at its earlier stages. According to Dr. Amin, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and accounting for 25% of all cancers. It is the second leading cause of death for women just after cardiovascular diseases. Sadly, half of the women diagnosed with breast cancer are below the age of 46 years.
Being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol intake can help in lowering the risk of breast cancer. There is also the belief that breast feeding and refraining from using hormonal therapy to deal with menopause symptoms can also decrease the risk factors.
Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, but there are things all women can do which helps in reducing their risk. Indeed, if breast cancer was detected at an early stage, the chances for getting a treatable cure and recovering from it are higher.
That is why it is important to screen for breast cancer and to contact your doctor for certain worries. The recommended screening for breast cancer is as follows;
- Clinical breast exam and self-exam
- Ultra sound
The ladies were all engaged and there was a thorough discussion about certain worries and concerns. Dr. Amin was more than pleased to satisfy all of these anxieties.
Then, we were honoured to have Dr. Gobert from Bosom Buddies, who persisted on the positive role support groups play with cancer patients. The ladies at Bosom Buddies meet the first Sunday of every month in Café Arabia. One good way to support a cancer patient would be to know how they feel and help them talk about it. Dr. Gobert’s wide knowledge on the subject and compassionate approach had a positive impact on all of us.
Last but not least, Mrs. Laurie Nelson, who is also a cancer survivor herself, briefly described how her cancer started and how it ended. She was delighted to be among us and saluted the attending ladies for being part of a good cause.
Unfortunately, cancer is still considered to be a taboo where many are afraid of even mentioning it. Knowledge is our power in defying hardship. The more we know the more awareness we spread, and the more hope we give.
Both ladies’ beautiful words and inspiration gave me a sense of strength and potency. The seminar by itself was constructively engaging and informative despite the hardship of the disease itself.
Finally, I would like to share with you the feedback I received from the attendees of the breast cancer awareness event. In that regard, I sent them the following question and below are their answers:
What message will you convey to fellow women after attending the breast cancer seminar?
“The seminar was as informative as the previous one…I personally learned a lot and enjoyed listening to the speakers. Thanks a lot for all your effort and wish you all the success in coming events.”
“Thank u for this exceptional seminar.
I will advise them to always do all tests that can help them diagnose anything abnormal in their body.”
“Awareness, knowledge, and simple health tips can add quality years to your life.”
“Breast cancer is very common and can happen to anyone. Heredity is responsible for only 10% of the cases. Since we cannot know what are the causing factors of breast cancer, our best defence is self-examination, followed by more precise tests if needed. If detected early, chances of survival and cure increase.”
“Don’t be afraid of knowing!”
“Thinking positively is part of the cure no matter what the case is.”
“Early detection is the key. Be proactive.”
“Although breast cancer may not be prevented, but detecting it earlier makes it somehow easier to be treated! Thank you for this informative session and for giving us the chance to meet cancer survivors who were sincere and truly inspirational!”
“Awareness provokes early detection which can save a life.”
I would like to thank each and every lady who has joined us that day and have been part of our awareness group. I highly appreciate your openness and sincerity in sharing with us your pains, doubts, and qualms. I also value your dedication and the time you have specified to join us for such a good cause, because you are now an inspiration to others.
My gratitude also goes to the staff at King’s College Hospital whose professional team and well organized manner played a major role in the event’s success. Finally, a big thank you goes to our two beautiful women who have shared their inspiring stories with us. The mere fact of having you amongst us is empowering.
Thank you Layan Emirates Gifts, Silkor Medical Laser Center, Ella Spa, and King’s College Hospital for showering us with all those special gifts and prizes.
Without you all this would not have come true, so thank you!!