Novartis, ranked among the world’s top pharmaceutical companies, has announced the roll out of its new Women in Pink campaign which aims to raise awareness on Breast Cancer for a better quality of life for women across the UAE.
The campaign forms part of Novartis’ ongoing commitment to raise awareness and create solutions across the continuum of breast cancer care, and it encourages women in the UAE, and across the region, to become change-makers in their own health. It will also empower women by providing them with the right information to make the best choices for their treatment plan through partnerships with the Emirates Oncology Society and non-profit organisation, Friends of Cancer Patients.
“Statista observes that in 2020 alone, the UAE reported 1,030 new breast cancer cases among women, while the total number of new cancer cases in the general population currently sits at more than 4,800. That’s why it is vital that we work together to improve public health education and awareness around prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer through initiatives such as the Women in Pink campaign”, says Professor Humaid Al Shamsi, President of the Emirates Oncology Society.
“Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UAE, accounting for a fifth of all cancer cases in the country and the number continues to climb. That’s why we believe that deep and broad change is needed in our approach to breast cancer in the UAE, beginning with early screening and continuing with an ongoing commitment to improve and extend the lives of cancer patients in the country,” adds Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director-General for Friends of Cancer Patients. “Through this campaign, we are empowering patients, before they become patients, to take control of their health by becoming their own advocates and inspire others to do the same”.
Around one third of cancers are preventable through simple changes in lifestyle, genetic testing of high-risk groups, and vaccination. The Women in Pink campaign was created to encourage women to get early cancer screenings, regular check-ups and mammograms as patients who receive an early diagnosis, and whose cancer is still localised, have a significantly higher survival rate. Additionally, the campaign aims to raise awareness of metastatic breast cancer symptoms so patients can identify them in themselves and others and to ensure that patients with metastatic breast cancer can gain access to enhanced and innovative treatment solutions.
“We need to improve the outcome of patients being treated for cancer, and nothing impacts cancer survival rates more than screening and early detection. By engaging with stakeholders at all levels, from patients to healthcare practitioners, we want to create a society in which early and frequent screening becomes accessible and simple and patients are able to receive treatment at the right time for the best outcome”, says Al Shamsi.
As part of the new campaign, Novartis will collaborate with different stakeholders and thought leaders to drive discussions on prevention, early intervention, and care management to improve patient outcomes, enhance quality of life, and optimise longevity for patients.
“At Novartis, we’re on a mission to transform the lives of patients and connect people and communities to better quality care. As we continue to develop innovative therapies to fight cancer and address the unmet needs of cancer patients, we are also committed to ensuring that they have the knowledge, tools, and support needed to manage the disease and live healthier lives,” adds a Novartis spokesperson.