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UAE Students Utilize Skits and Roller-Skating to Encourage Parental Breast Cancer Screenings

 Abu Dhabi Indian School embraced the color pink for a dedicated breast cancer awareness initiative. The event, thoughtfully scheduled alongside a parent-teacher meeting, was driven by students passionately advocating for early breast cancer screening and detection. Breast cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer among women globally, was the focal point of the day.

Creative Initiatives

Students channeled their creativity, engaging in a variety of initiatives to raise awareness. From captivating skits to energetic roller-skating tours through classrooms adorned with banners, the students were on a mission to encourage parents to avail free screenings offered by the Burjeel Holdings mammogram truck.

Maximizing Impact

Strategically scheduled during the parent-teacher meeting, the campaign aimed to ensure maximum participation and impact. Neeraj Bhargava, Principal of Abu Dhabi Indian School, noted the community’s enthusiastic support for the cause. Pink-clad staff members and parents, alongside students performing and advocating in school corridors, contributed to a meaningful campaign.

Inclusivity and Early Detection

The campaign extended its message of early detection to both women and men. Breast cancer awareness was not gender-exclusive, with screenings available for all in the mammogram truck.

UAE’s Breast Cancer Challenge

Breast cancer poses a significant health challenge in the UAE. Recognizing early warning signs, such as breast lumps, changes in breast size, shape, or appearance, and abnormal nipple discharge, is crucial.

Importance of Regular Screenings

Dr. Nyla Khan, Consultant Breast Radiologist at Burjeel Medical City, underscored the vital role of regular screenings in early detection. Mammograms offer a safe and effective method for identifying abnormalities in breast tissue before they become life-threatening. The campaign received support from the Department of Health and the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Empowering the Community

Breast cancer has various risk factors, including age, genetic mutations, family history, obesity, and unhealthy lifestyle. This campaign underscores the importance of community members, particularly women of all ages, taking a proactive and vigilant approach to their breast health.

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