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Jeddah - Yasmine El Tohamy - JEDDAH: Rosewood Jeddah and the Zahra Association recently came together to shed light on the critical importance of breast cancer awareness among women in the region.
Their mission aimed to challenge societal stereotypes and provide unwavering support to those currently battling breast cancer.
Held at Soleil Cafe, one of the highlights of the joint event was a compelling panel discussion centered on breast cancer awareness and prevention.
Tagreed Fatani, patient education coordinator at the health education unit at King Abdulaziz University Hospital and a dedicated breast cancer educator, provided health tips and engaged in a live examination demonstration.
The Zahra Association’s commitment to breast cancer awareness does not end with spreading knowledge; they also provide invaluable support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
She stressed that the pivotal role of early detection and recognition of signs in effectively treating the disease and improving survival rates.
Addressing the challenges faced by women affected by breast cancer, Fatani said: “It is crucial to educate women about regular breast health checks. Early detection not only improves the quality and duration of treatment but can also identify breast cancer before symptoms manifest, significantly increasing the chances of recovery to an impressive 95 percent.”
Fatani offered guidance to individuals with a family history of breast cancer. She urged them to initiate early screening through mammograms, recommending that screening should commence 10 years before the age at which the first-degree relative was affected, but not before the age of 30.
She added: “Genetic testing offers an opportunity for family members to assess their own risk of developing the disease.”
The Zahra Association’s commitment to breast cancer awareness does not end with spreading knowledge; they also provide invaluable support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Their support extends through the entire journey, encompassing patients and survivors alike.
During the event, Reham Afandi, a breast cancer survivor, shared her inspirational journey.
“This event has succeeded in not only raising awareness but also in delivering vital information that every woman, particularly those recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.
“Remember, your femininity is a testament to your strength, and your beauty remains unwavering regardless of the challenges you face. Hold on to hope, for it can transform your journey into a remarkable story of resilience and triumph.”
Sara Zain, marketing consultant at Rosewood, told Arab News: “Breast cancer awareness plays a pivotal role in our collective efforts to detect this disease early. It is absolutely vital for women to be fully aware of the most common symptoms associated with breast cancer. Through this event, Rosewood has undertaken a crucial initiative to transform this awareness into a reality.”
She added that through this collaboration, the event aims to illuminate the path to early detection and support for breast cancer, while empowering women to take control of their health and find strength and beauty in their journey towards recovery.
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