Breast Cancer Awareness events in Qatar

Breast Cancer Awareness events in Qatar

By Noor Odeh

October is a month dedicated to bringing more awareness and shining a bright, pink spotlight on what breast cancer is. Our genes, lifestyles and environment we live in can all be risk factors in developing breast cancer at different stages. Check out the places that are providing mammograms in Qatar this month! 

How does Breast Cancer happen? 

In our bodies, many cells are made for different functions. There are many cells being born, being damaged and dying, as we speak. One of the processes that happens in our bodies is when an existing cell, clones itself making two identical cells with the same DNA. 

After the duplicating process, the job gets assessed with a number of checks. If everything looks normal and clear, the body has two more healthy identical cells newly created. Most of the time, the checking process is accurate and detects if the process failed to duplicate the exact DNA of the original cell, if a mistake was spotted, the cell with mistakes just dies. However, if the checking process did not detect a mistake in the DNA, the new cell survives with carrying mistakes. That generally is not problematic, however it does become a problem when this mistake-carrying cell duplicates itself and makes new cells splitting into abnormal cells at a fast rate which can form a tumour 

Not all tumours are cancerous but when tumour cells have the ability to destroy neighbouring tissues, that is when those tumours become life-threatening. This process is what happens in breasts that can lead to breast cancer.

Breast cancer is more common in women, but men can develop cancer and also pass it to their offspring, through genes. “Risk factors of breast cancer in men are radiation exposure, high levels of the hormone estrogen and family history of breast cancer.”

To read more about breast cancer growth and treatments, click here. To learn more about breast cancer in men, click here

Below are some of the events and programs that are going on this month in Qatar to learn everything you need about breast cancer as well as getting the chance for breast screenings.

Where you can go to learn about Breast Cancer and support its awareness:

 

The Westin Hotel – “Life is Pink”  

WHEN: All month of October 

WHERE: The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

In collaboration with The Westin, Qatar Cancer Society have launched their activities to support the “Life is Pink” campaign throughout the whole month of October.

Check out their activities like yoga and swimming and learn information about the diagnosis, methods of prevention, the importance of early detection and screening.

 

Image Source Icon Training Center

Breast Cancer Awareness program:

WHEN: October 10th, 17th & 24th, 6:30-8:00pm

WHERE: Icon Training Center

Here is a chance to go for early detection and to also support breast cancer patients who fight and persevere in this tough journey.

 

Qatar National Library:

WHEN: October 20th, 2018 from 11:00am-6:00pm 

WHERE: Qatar National Library

To register, click here.

 

Image Source Oxygen Park - Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation's Breast Cancer Awareness Walk:

WHEN: October 27th, 2018 from 8:00am- 10:00am 

WHERE: Oxygen Park, Education City 

Join Carnegie Mellon University and other universities in Qatar Foundation for a beautiful, morning walk for a good cause, along with other organizations to shine a bright, pink light on breast cancer. To learn more, click here!

 

  

Diva Lounge Spa Qatar:

WHEN: October 28th, 2018 from 6pm-8pm (Breast screening from 9am-9pm)

WHERE: The Gate Mall

Diva Lounge Spa at the Gate Mall branch will be hosting a talk from 6pm-8pm. One speaker will be explaining what breast cancer is and how to prevent from having it. Another speaking is a breast-cancer survivor who will be sharing her experience and how she won the battle against cancer. Also, go stop by and have a mammogram at a van which will be parked at the Gate mall from 9am-9pm. Both events, free entry!!! To learn more, click on this Instagram video.

 

Pink Afternoon Tea:

WHEN: October 1st-31st, 2018 

WHERE: West End Café - Mariott Marquis Hotel – City Center

Pink Afternoon Tea in West End Cafe, priced at QAR 75 per person, will be served daily from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm from October 1st-October 31st 2018; complete with sweet and savoury treats that are, fittingly pink from scone basket to pink sandwiches and large variety of sweets.

 

Do you have any other events we might have missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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