October is breast cancer awareness month, an annual initiative held around the world in order to raise awareness about breast cancer.
In Malta, The Marigold Foundation is the coordinator of the nationwide Pink October and Movember campaign, with the aim of supporting NGOs and patient support groups afflicted with cancer. This year’s campaign was launched on Tuesday by Chairperson of The Marigold Foundation, Michelle Muscat under the Patronage of First Lady, Mrs Miriam Vella.
The Foundation’s aim is to educate the general public to know the signs of cancer, lessen the fear to get checked and conduct the necessary screenings to create an environment of positive actions, healthy attitudes and mindfulness. As a matter of fact this year’s Pink October Campaign will focus not just on breast cancer but will also educate about other female cancers including ovarian and cervical which remain a taboo on our islands.
Since their first national campaign in 2015, The Marigold Foundation has dedicated itself to support patients, lessen the fear and remove the taboo of talking about such issues and the fear about checking oneself.
The two-month Pink Oct-Mov ’21 campaign focuses on a number of goals in the battle against male female and male cancer, such as the prevention of cancers and early diagnosis, supporting patients going through cancer and promoting a better overall attitude towards wellness. The general public is urged to keep an eye out on the educative and eye-catching messages, billboards, television ads and online posts in order to learn on how to be brave, take the next step and check one’s body regularly.
The event was addressed by Malta’s top clinicians and surgeons including Dr. Nick Refalo, Clinical Chair of SAMOC, Prof. Ray Galea, gynaecologist, Mr. John Agius, Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Dr. Gerald Busuttil, Specialist in Urology and Dr Krystel von Brockdorf, consultant oncologist. Mr Chris Barbara, Chair of the Pathology Department and Mr Robert Xuereb from The Marigold Foundation also explained the importance of Biomedical Scientists and the functions of the Deep Inspiratory Breath Hold Monitoring System respectively.
The Marigold Foundation also focuses on maximising therapeutic opportunities and health education, funding research at the University of Malta and aiding other NGOs with ideas and new approaches.
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