October dons the capes of pink and celebrates the Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the world, facilitating a greater knowledge of the disease and its precautionary measures.

When facts say that one in eight women in a room has breast cancer or runs the risk of developing it in the future, the importance of awareness and early detection acquires an aura of mortal importance. The worldwide annual campaign united by the single idea of spreading awareness, accenting education, and propagating research, October witnesses the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To process the magnanimity of this medical ailment factually, breast cancer prevails to be the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Through detection and early treatments, the risk of death due to breast cancer gets reduced by 38 percent. In the spirit of sensitising people about the symptoms and precautions of breast cancer, here’s looking back at various organisations all over the world who endeavoured to paint the hearts and minds of people in rhapsodies of pink.

  1. Pink Caravan organises ‘Ready, Sail, Skydive’

The final hours of the Breast Cancer Awareness month will be celebrated by the Friends of Cancer Patients’ initiative, Pink Caravan, in partnership with Skydive Dubai and Zero Gravity. Skydive sessions preceded a pink regatta carrying the message of awareness is a symbol of solidarity to the victims and survivors of breast cancer. The sky reflecting the need for a regular physical examination will be seen along the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

  1. HSE Facilitates Breast Check

The first step towards absorbing information is knowing facts about our body. The HSE through its National Breast Screening Programme, BreastCheck, to attend their respective appointments and get them checked. The screening hopes to engage women in the ropes of early detection in order to facilitate early treatment and recuperation.

  1. Snapshots of Hope

Stories spread and converge the realms of hope and reality, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation seeks to strum that melodious chord. Its campaign invites people to share stories of those being affected by breast cancer, which would be shared on their platform throughout the month of October.

The glorious deeds to shower knowledge about the value for life has also been microscopically taken up by communities across the world. From organising fundraisers through eventful games, a North Carolina resort offering free spa treatments to breast cancer victims and survivors, holding stand-up comedy shows to employ laughter to wearing pink ribbons and engaging in social media outreach contests, the International Breast Cancer Awareness month spread across 31 days and a multitude of global initiatives.

Cancer Prevention Watch

  1. Physical activity has been proven to reducing risks of 10 breast cancers by 10%.
  2. Consuming fruits and other fiber and cutting down on saturated fats allows the risk to lower down by 25%.
  3. A history of gum diseases is associated with a higher chance of getting breast cancer, thus, getting regular dental check-ups is crucial.
  4. Evade the clutches of breast cancer by regular screening cycles with your doctor. Knowledge is always power.

Get checked, take control of our health, and paint our hearts pink, shall we?


Image Credits: National Breast Cancer Foundation

Saumya Kalia

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