Sidra Medical and Research Center supports World Cancer Day with informational session for staff
- Qatar: Monday, February 04 - 2013 at 16:33
- PRESS RELEASE
In support of World Cancer Day, Sidra Medical and Research Center hosted its own World Cancer Day event to raise awareness and share information among 60 Sidra staff and invited guests. In collaboration with Think Pink Qatar, Sidra held an informative session on cancer and cancer prevention.
Every year an estimated 12.7 million people will learn they have cancer and around 7.6 million people will die from it1.
Many of these deaths could be avoided through awareness and early detection programmes.
World Cancer Day is an initiative to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment, while giving voice to the people, organizations and governments celebrating cancer survivors and remembering those who lost the battle.
Speaking at the event was Carol Newsom, Sidra RN Clinical Nurse Leader, and Think Pink Qatar Founder Karen Al Kharouf. Two cancer survivors also spoke to the audience about the realities of cancer and how it affected their families, friends and personal lives. They highlighted the importance of early detection, prevention, and staying healthy.
Newsom informed the audience about myths and taboos around cancer with the hope of breaking down common stereotypes and opening lines of dialogue between individuals suffering from cancer and the broader community. She stressed the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer and early detection.
"According to the World Health Organization, it is possible to avoid around 30-40% of cancer cases with prevention and another 30% with early detection and treatment. Some of the easiest changes a person can make consist of making simple lifestyle changes, including: quitting smoking, limiting alcohol use, regularly exercising, wearing sunscreen, and eating a rich diet filled with vitamins and minerals," she said.
Al Kharouf said, "Think Pink Qatar works to ensure that conversations about breast cancer in Qatar happen freely and openly, that individuals suffering from breast cancer get the support they need, an important part of which is having a strong support system. I am so happy to see that Sidra employees are embracing this approach with today's event and the brave survivors who spoke to us today."
Sidra aims to empower and educate members of the local community through easily available information and access to experts. Through lecture series for the medical community like the Sidra Symposia Series, and these community outreach programmes, Sidra aims to create a healthier society.
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