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29 October 2018

The Gulf petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) has launched a series of activities, programmes and events aimed at raising awareness about the causes of breast cancer.

The Campaigns, as part of the Company's efforts to support global awareness of breast cancer, look at the importance of early diagnosis in saving lives and providing appropriate treatment.

Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said GPIC is committed to the health of its employees and joins the rest of the world in observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October. He said the idea is to focus on raising awareness about this disease and clarifying the importance of early diagnosis and treatment methods.

He said treatment has evolved greatly and has been able to save the lives of a large number of women. He said the Company is committed to maintaining the health of its employees and would not spare any effort to provide all facilities for them.

Dr. Jawahery stated an early screening campaign is conducted every year by GPIC Medical Centre, which uses modern and sophisticated detection devices. It also distributes pamphlets and leaflets explaining how to conduct self-examination and bringing home the point that it could be fatal in the event of delayed diagnosis and treatment.

He said during this month, the Company is taking using the services of qualified doctors and specialists in the field of gynecology and oncology to provide educational lectures to employees and shed light on the causes of breast cancer and the methods of prevention and treatment available in Bahrain.

Dr. Jawahery spoke about the Bahrain Cancer Society-organised walk to support the campaign and said a large number of employees take part in this sporting event each year. He explained that walking and other physical activity provides a protection against the risk of various diseases and not only cancer. He spoke of the importance of exercise in protecting people from various diseases, calling for making sport a daily behavior.

Dr. Jawahery urged employees to offer assistance, support and donations to associations that provide assistance to patients suffering from the disease. He said he wished full recovery of those who are affected with this disease.

Cancer is a major cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), which also predicts an increase of 70% in the next two decades.

He said the incidence of breast cancer is at the top of the list of diseases affecting women and attributed the reasons for this to many behavioral and food factors, including but not limited to high body mass, lack of physical activity, and smoking.

October is a month of awareness about breast cancer as a global initiative launched internationally in 2006 during which charitable campaigns and various activities are conducted to raise awareness, support and information on the disease.