In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) is organizing 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 the Gulf Mall on October 27 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 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 on October 28 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 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-organized events throughout the month of October to promote awareness of breast cancer. On October 25 and 26, 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 personalized 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 percent increase in newly diagnosed cases over the next 5 years. 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 emphasizing 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.