Pink Caravan Ride 2019 detects 11 cases of breast cancer

Over 7,000 women received free screenings and examinations this year

This year’s Pink Caravan Ride campaign has resulted in 11 cases of breast cancer being diagnosed.

The countrywide breast-cancer awareness and early detection initiative offered free screenings and clinical examinations to about 7,200 women this year.

The women who tested positive were between 32 and 52 years old.

They were referred for further examination by the PCR’s team of medical experts.

"The strategic goal of Pink Caravan Ride is to spread breast-cancer awareness, teaching the community the importance of regular examinations," said Reem  bin Karam,  chairwoman of the PCR higher steering committee.

“As the majority of detected cases are in the above-40 age group, we reiterate the importance of regular self-examination for early detection, especially once a woman turns 40. If the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, the survival rate is as high as 98 per cent.

“It’s imperative that women take their health seriously.”

The PCR project advises people, especially women, to do monthly self-examinations as well as receive a clinical examination every one to three years for those aged between 20-39 years, and every year for anyone aged over 40.

It also recommends mammograms once every two years for those between 40 and 49.

Anybody above 50 is also advised to take a mammogram test at least once a year.

PCR is an initiative by the Friends of Cancer Patients.

It has 30 fixed and mobile clinics, as well as 200 medical personnel that offer free medical examinations.

In February 2018, it launched a permanent mobile mammography clinic, which offers a comprehensive package of medical services throughout the year.