by Laliebeth Petancio
Abu Dhabi – According to American Cancer Society in their latest post, the chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 or about 2.7 percent.
Isn’t this alarming?
Early detection, screening, increase awareness and better treatment have been contributory to the decrease of incidents during the late 1980s and 2014 as medical research have shown that woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time. Yet, breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
With these data and history, there is a huge number of medical institutions, governments, organizations and individuals enjoin and initiate awareness campaigns and even free screening to women and men during the month of October every year.
Universal Hospital is one of the entities that sees the importance of breast cancer awareness especially expat women residing in UAE.
‘Let us be realistic now. There is a significant number of expat women working in this country, be in healthcare, in finance, or in any field and most of them are Filipinos. This is the best time to participate in the breast cancer awareness program- as an opportunity for them to be checked and even go further examinations and medications”, said Dr. Shabeer Nellikode, managing Director & CEO at Universal Hospital in an exclusive interview with the writer.
”We are not only doing this for this month alone, but for many years that we were consecutively doing the initiative in any month of the year elsewhere possible”, he added.
”The importance of this initiative is to find out positive results. At Universal Hospital, we have dedicated people and women surgeon who diagnose breast-related cancer. By doing this campaign, people who have no idea about this type of health problem will become health vigilant”, he continued with a statement that the facilities at the hospital can screen for at least 300 people a day.
The upcoming campaign this year is dubbed ”Think Pink, Think Universal” will happen this Friday, October 13 in the morning which activities include parade around the hospital premise by Filipino community (and open to public), cutting of ribbon, free consultation, breast cancer awareness talk, entertainments, games, Zumba, Kick boxing, inspirational talk from cancer survivors and screenings.
About Universal Hospital
Universal Hospital is a multi-specialty tertiary care hospital with medical expertise, technological capabilities, and compassionate patient care. The highly talented and experienced multinational medical professionals deliver a lifetime of wellness through its multidisciplinary team approach.
Universal specializes in high risk medical and surgical emergencies and undertakes complicated, recurrent, and revision surgeries. At Universal, we believe that the health of each person creates the health of a family, a community, and the health of the entire humanity.
For more details, please log on to http://www.universalhospitals.com or call +971.2.599.9555 or (Toll Free)