This initiative is more than just an annual horse ride
Pink Caravan has become something of a posterchild for breast cancer awareness campaigns in the UAE. Launched in 2011 by Friends of Cancer Patients, a UAE-based charitable society, it’s had a major impact on the way breast cancer is viewed in the emirates.
The Pink Caravan ride sees more than 100 riders (dressed in pink) embark on a horseback journey through all seven emirates, raising awareness and encouraging women and men to perform self-examinations, and go for regular medical check-ups. Along the route, mobile clinics offering free screenings are set up.
Since it started, the initiative and its clinics have travelled more than 1,000km, made more than 250 clinic stops, and screened 21,795 people – 5,450 of whom were men. The goal has been to undermine the stigma surrounding cancer in the country, and get people – women in particular – discussing the disease with their families, and attending regular check-ups. www.pinkcaravan.ae.
How to check yourself
Every woman should be doing a monthly self-examination, between the sixth and tenth days of your menstrual cycle. Pink Caravan take us through the four steps. Before you get started, pick one motion, circular, up and down, or wedge, that you will use every time you conduct your self-breast check. This makes it easier for you to detect any changes in your breast.