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Screening and acting quickly is key when it comes to finding out you have breast cancer, according to a 30-year-old woman who noticed a lump earlier this year when she was breastfeeding her third child. By the time she arrived at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, the woman had already undergone a screening mammogram and biopsy. Further investigation with genetic counseling found a mutation in BRCA1, a breast cancer-susceptible gene. Women who have BRCA1 or BRCA2...

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Every October the UAE, like many countries in the world, turns pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). From a blush pink Burj Khalifa to rose-tinted burger buns, approaches to BCAM have become increasingly creative. But just how authentic are the intentions of those companies running breast cancer awareness campaigns?  For more than 30 years, BCAM has been dedicated to turning the spotlight on breast cancer and there has been much to celebrate in that...

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Almost exactly 11 years ago I walked into the office of a professor of oncology at a major London hospital to get the results of a breast biopsy. I felt confident that it could not be bad news; after all, the mammogram I’d had only two months earlier had been clear. Although they tell you to bring someone with you, I had tried (unsuccessfully) to persuade my husband that there was no need for him...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when charities and companies join the fight against the disease and highlight how early screenings can increase a person’s chances of survival by more than 90 percent. Want to do your bit? From yoga classes to brunches, there are plenty of businesses in the UAE ‘thinking pink’ and raising funds. Here’s how you can get involved. Fitness An active lifestyle incorporating regular exercise has been shown to...

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Dr Stephen Grobmyer, chair of the oncology unit, professor of surgery and director of breast cancer surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, comes armed with slides bearing a ton of medical information and statistics, and a most reassuring demeanor.  If I had to get a breast cancer diagnosis, I might want it to come from him.  He’s speaking to dozens of women this Friday morning, alongside his Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi colleague Dr M Jean...

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With around one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer, now is the perfect time to check in on your own health while also helping others. Here are our top picks for UAE events that are helping generate breast cancer awareness and actually do good. We promise, there are no ‘pink washing’ brand-exercise events in sight.   Ignite Pink is Punk October 11th – From Dh73.50 Doing sport in a beautiful setting is always enjoyable, but the...