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Students organize activities for breast cancer awareness
Students from American University of Sharjah's (AUS) Student Council, Photography Club, Community Services, Women Empowerment Club and Power Hit Radio Club jointly organized activities for the Breast Cancer Awareness Week hosted in the Student Center from October 9 to 13. Coinciding with global Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the weeklong campaign, in collaboration with the Pink Caravan and Emirates Red Crescent, was held under the theme "Fight Like a Girl."
The campaign, which aimed to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer, included activities such as musical performances by students, a bake sale, a photo-booth, a nail polish and henna booth and a pink t-shirt stand.
Representatives of the Pink Caravan distributed informational material to raise awareness of the disease, providing instructions on how to conduct self-tests as well as highlighting the importance of early detection. Pink Caravan also offered pink ribbons and bracelets on sale as part of the fund-raising efforts. A healthcare professional from Emirates Red Crescent held a demonstration in the women's lounge on how to do a self-examination.
To conclude the event, students and members of the AUS community gathered in the Student Center to form a human ribbon and express their support to the campaign.
"There are a lot of myths about breast cancer and during this campaign we wanted to present the facts to our students. It is important that our students know how to perform self-examinations and how to identify symptoms that will help in early detection. This campaign is part of the university's efforts to promote the health and wellness of the AUS community," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students.
The proceeds of the campaign were handed over to Pink Caravan and Emirates Red Crescent in aid of breast cancer research and for the treatment of breast cancer patients.