Dare to go PINK!

October has come to us and that means it’s time to go PINK! This month always shines the spotlight on Breast Cancer Awareness and with the help of TimeOutDubai, we’ve listed below some of the things happening around town where you can take part in helping raise awareness this month.

K-Lynn Pledge
Lingerie store K-Lynne has set up the ‘K-Lynne Pledge’ where women are invited to looking after themselves and all women around them, by donating pre-loved bras which will be sent to refugees in Ugandan camps, as well as writing posts at the store itself.

Pink Caravan

Launched in 2011 by Friends of Cancer Patients, a UAE-based charitable society, Pink Caravan has become something of a poster child for breast cancer awareness campaigns in the UAE.

The Pink Caravan ride sees more than 100 riders (dressed in pink) embark on a horseback journey through all seven emirates, raising awareness and encouraging women and men to perform self-examinations, and go for regular medical check-ups. Along the route, mobile clinics offering free screenings are set up.

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BurJuman Pink Walkathon
This year also sees BurJuman’s Pink Walkathon return on Friday, November 1st at Zaabeel Park. A great gathering of people supporting and walking for the cause, with all proceeds going towards the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer campaign.

Pink Plunge at Gravity Zone
This one is for you dare devils out there! Raise money for the Breast Cancer Arabia Foundation and get your kicks at the same time with this daring bungee jump on Friday, October 11th. The minimum sponsorship amount each participant must raise in order to take part is Dhs2,000.

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Dubai’s hotels go pinkA handful of the city’s hotels will be turning pink to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Watch the Grand Hyatt glow fuschia, as well as Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Festival City’s InterContinental and Crowne Plaza. Also keep an eye out for Al Murooj Rotana’s magenta hues. The Fairmont Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Rd will light up its exterior, while the newer Fairmont The Palm on Palm Jumeirah will turn its swimming pool lamps rosy. Finally, Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab will not only be lighting up its sail, but also fab-ing it up with a pink ribbon!!

Dubai’s Big Pink Ball
This charity bash is set to be a huge party, with a three-course dinner, fashion shows, live entertainment and a unique charity auction to boost the coffers at Breast Cancer Arabia. What’s more, this year’s event will have a Moulin Rouge theme, with a black tie (with a touch of pink, naturally) dress code for guests – and a prize for the best dressed.

 

HOW TO CHECK YOURSELF

Every woman should be doing a monthly self-examination, between the sixth and tenth days of your menstrual cycle. Pink Caravan take us through the four steps. Before you get started, pick one motion, circular, up and down, or wedge, that you will use every time you conduct your self-breast check. This makes it easier for you to detect any changes in your breast.

Step one: lying down
1. Place a pillow under your right shoulder.

2. Place your right hand behind your head.

3. Use the inner pads of the three middle fingers of your left hand.

4. Feel for any changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and your armpit area (like a lump or a hard node or skin thickening).

5. Now repeat the same procedure for the left breast.

Step two: stand upright in front of a mirror
1. Place your right hand behind your head.

2. Use the three middle fingers of your left hand while feeling your right breast.

3. Inspect all the areas of your breast, chest and collarbone just like you did when lying down.

4. Repeat the same procedure for the left breast using your right hand.

Step three: stand upright in front of a mirror
1. Arms held over your head

2. Check your breast for any change in size, shape and colour.

Step four: stand upright in front of a mirror
1. Arms pressed against the hips and bending forward.

2. Check your breasts for puckering, dimpling, rash, nipple discharge, or retraction or any other change that does not look or feel normal.

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What to look for:

1. A lump, hard knot, or thickening.

2. Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening.

3. Change in the size or shape of nipple or the breast.

4. Dimpling or puckering of the skin.

5. Itchy, scaly sore, or rash on the nipple.

6. Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast.

7. Nipple discharge (especially bloody) that starts suddenly.

8. New pain in one spot that does not go away.

9. Pain or tenderness not associated with menstrual cycle.

 

Find more info on how to take part in joining to fight the disease on TimeOutDubai & Dubai Goes Pink.

 

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