SPSP Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

31 Oct 2021

Breast cancer remains a worldwide public health dilemma and is currently the most common tumor in the globe. Awareness of breast cancer, public attentiveness, and advancement in breast imaging has made a positive impact on recognition and screening of breast cancer. As Breast Cancer Awareness month, October serves as a reminder for all women to conduct their annual screening in the hope that by doing so, early detection will lead to more positive outcomes in the fight against breast cancer.

On October 31, 2021, with the extended support of the Saudi Cancer Foundation, SPSP hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign for SPSP female trainees and employees. The main objective of this campaign was to educate and spread knowledge on breast cancer causes, symptoms, and benefits of early detection.

The event began with opening remarks by the campaign organizers, followed by an interactive lecture given by Dr. Huda Kanfar from the Saudi Cancer Foundation. The lecture highlighted causes, symptoms, stages and types of treatment and some preventive measures, as well as stories from breast cancer survivors. In addition, one of the breast cancer survivors, Iman Othman, gave a live demonstration on how to conduct a self-check.

Othman also explained that the risk of breast cancer can be reduced by following some tips, such as: having a mammogram screening every 1 to 2 years after the age of 40 years and older, getting an early screening from the age of 30 if you have a family history of the disease, exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, and maintaining a healthy weight.

The event concluded with a question-and-answer session. The attendees left the campaign with a valuable message to pass on to their loved ones.