The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment of this disease.
In view of this, we declared 25th October ‘Think Pink Thursday’ where students and staff were encouraged to wear pink to show their support of this worthy cause.
There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.
According to the World Health Organisation, there is currently not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option.
It was great to see our faculty, staff and students looking pretty in pink, and hear conversations about breast cancer going on throughout the day on campus.
Foundation student Faith Maghori, was selected as best dressed by the Student Representative Council, and presented with a special prize a few days later.
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