GULFWEEKLY: The Dilmunia Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, organised by Dilmunia Island’s Management along with the Lettuce Run ladies group, is a women-only event and mums are welcome to bring along their children, aged up to 12, for the caring cause.
“What we hope to achieve is to try to raise funds to help other breast cancer patients as well as bring awareness of the importance of early detection,” said Dana Zubari, one of the Lettuce Run founders, a Tru Active fitness attire co-founder, Ironman finisher and triathlete. “Lots of women think it can’t happen to me or I’m too young to get checked, but now it is affecting so many young women. We want to educate all women to make sure they do go and get checked on a yearly basis.”
According to 2020 figures by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Globocan, a subsidiary of the World Health Organisation, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer on the island, accounting for 20.1 per cent of the total cases. It accounts for 37.9pc of cancers among women in the country, followed by colorectal, ovary, corpus-uteri and lung.
Breast cancer traces to family history, age, hormonal disorders, use of birth control pills, menopause, and weight gain.
The family-friendly 2km walk around the Dilmunia Canal will also feature a lecture on the importance of getting checked by breast cancer specialist Dr Subashini Perumal, followed by another talk by Dr Basema Mahboobi, who is a breast cancer survivor. She will be sharing her story – from how she found out to how she felt when she received the news along with what measures she had to take to fight breast cancer.
The event will start at 4pm and entry fee is BD5, including a Lettuce Fight T-shirt and a mask. All proceeds will go to Think Pink and each walkathon finisher will receive a medal at the end. There will be food vendors as well as pink dancing fountains after the walk.