Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)’s Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) is organising, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a number of community outreach initiatives to shed light on the importance of breast cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.
QBRI will set up an information booth at Gulf Mall from 5 pm to 9pm Friday where members of the community can learn more about the prevalence of breast cancer in Qatar and the region, as well as measures women can take to reduce risk of the disease.
In addition, QBRI will participate in a walk for breast cancer awareness at Aspire Park from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, and join in a breast cancer awareness campaign and fundraiser event, 'A Night for Humanity, which is sponsored by Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar.
These activities are part of a number of QBRI-organised events throughout this month to promote awareness of breast cancer, according to a press statement.
On Wednesday and Thursday, QBRI held seminars and set up booths at Qatar University and Education City, respectively. Focusing on the history and progress of breast cancer, the seminars highlighted the main advancements in treatment leading to the recent breakthroughs of personalised medicine.
Breast cancer is the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths among women worldwide and, among Qatari women, it is the most common cancer with projections of a 60% increase in newly diagnosed cases over the next five years, the statement notes. QBRI’s Cancer Research Center focuses on cancer immunobiology and immunotherapy.
The institute’s awareness campaign will highlight the impact of diet and environment on the development and progression of cancer, outlining preventive measures and emphasising the importance of yearly screenings for early detection to facilitate treatment.
For more information on the breast cancer awareness events, or any other HBKU sponsored event, visit www.hbku.edu.qa