SHARJAH – The Pink Caravan has released their general report detailing the results of their mobile clinics’ testing program during and around the Pink Caravan’s 2nd ride.
Commenting on the findings of the report, Ameera BinKaram, Founding member and President of Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), remarked that the Pink Caravan’s medical and awareness teams not only successfully achieved their target of 5000 tests done by the 17th of April, but in fact surpassed it.
The report reveals that the Pink Caravan’s mobile clinics provided free early detection breast cancer testing for a total of 4667 women and 482 men over a 17-day period during and around the actual ride. Of the individuals that took part in testing 1221 were referred to undergo mammograms and a further 433 were referred to undergo ultrasound imaging.
The report also showed a near equal demographic distribution amongst the applicants in terms of nationality, with 2514 being Emirate citizens and 2635 expatriates.
“The findings of this report are a clear indication of the success of the Pink Caravan’s mobile clinics. Through the hard work and dedication of Pink Caravan’s medical personnel we have managed to make a difference in the lives of those we tested, as well as increasing the level of public awareness about the importance of early detection in the treatment of breast cancer,” BinKaram added.
In 2011, the Pink Caravan’s medical team screened around 10,025 people for the early detection of breast cancer at 135 mobile clinics that were set up across the UAE up until the end of October. The huge success of the mobile clinic campaign during this year’s ride is a strong indicator that the Pink Caravan will be able to reach far greater numbers over the course of 2012, as awareness builds and the initiative goes from strength to strength.
The Pink Caravan campaign will run annually until 2014, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and under the directives of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.
The Pink Caravan’s ride aims to spread greater awareness about breast cancer, encourage regular tests and raise funds to buy a 3D mammogram clinic, which will provide free tests for citizens and expatriates in the country.