HBKU to raise breast cancer awareness

 19 Oct 2016 - 0:56

The Peninsula


Doha: In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is organising a number of community outreach initiatives to shed light on the importance of breast cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. Two scientists at HBKU’s Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), Dr Manale Karam and Dr Julie Decock, will be holding a community talk on “Breast Cancer: From Discovery to Biology and Treatment” tomorrow, at 1pm at the HBKU Student Center in Education City. 
The University will also set up information booths at the HBKU Student Center tomorrow, the Gulf Mall on October 21 and 22, and Qatar University on October 24, where members of the community can learn more about the prevalence of breast cancer in Qatar and the region, as well as measures women can take to reduce risk of the disease.
Dr Decock, a researcher investigating breast cancer immunotherapy at QBRI, said: “This awareness-raising campaign helps people better understand how diet and environment contribute to the development and progression of cancer, and helps make the public more aware of the benefits of screening and early detection.” 
This is very important because in the earlier stages, breast cancer can be relatively easily treated.”