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Health

October Breast Cancer Awareness: Shout Out Pink

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October supports breast cancer, this is a month to #ThinkPink and spread awareness and encourage women to take steps for early detection. Statistics worldwide show that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.

Last night Rubaiyat Modern Luxury celebrated the month by getting ladies of Jeddah together with Zahra Breast Cancer Association for an evening of learning, sharing and supporting. Ola Marzouky Abuhussein, head of the Jeddah office of Zahra Breast Cancer Association and also a breast cancer survivor, shared her inspirational story with the audience and highlighted the importance of routine checks and early detection along with correct way to perform a self-exam. Sipping pink lemonade and enjoying pink macaroons and cupcakes ladies shared their stories and queries with Ms. Marzouky, who answered immaculately with reassuring smiles. Suggestions to give more wings to the message poured in and everyone left at the end of the evening with a new resolve to do more.

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Three unique fashion divas contributed towards the evening by showcasing their styling skills in pink to celebrate the event. Take a gander at the mannequin masterpieces dressed by Marriam Mossalli, Sarah Al Ofi, and Nour Kelani and share their spirit of giving and supporting breast cancer.

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Some important facts to know about breast cancer as we bid goodbye to October:

• One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
• Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
• Although rare, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.
• An estimated 410 out of 2150 diagnosed will die each year.

Beside self check and promote the message there are so many other ways to help. You can donate, join family and friends to connect to a fundraiser, or volunteer to educate other women about breast cancer. Zahra Breast Cancer Association has many options and other useful information if you are interested.

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