DOHA, Qatar - The U.S. embassy in Qatar is currently being lit up in pink.
The change is not permanent however, the colour change is for the month of October only which is Breast Cancer Aewareness Month.
The embassy's U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, William Grant and Dr. Mohammed Ussama Al Homsi, Chairman, Medical Oncology/Hematology at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research, have come together to initiate the illumination of the embassy to raise awareness about how early detection can save lives. The embassy, located on 22nd February Street in the Al Luqta District, is being illuminated pink throughout the month of October.
According to Hamad Medical Corporation, breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in Qatar, accounting for 31 percent of cancer cases in women. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the United States, breastcancer is the second leading cause of death in women worldwide. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
“Breast cancer is a health concern for women worldwide. But if breast cancer is caught early and treated, survival rates can be near 100 percent. That is why the U.S. embassy in Qatar is proud to join our Qatari partners to raise awareness about breast cancer during the month of October, and encourage all women to know and understand breast cancer symptoms and see their healthcare provider for early screening tests.“And this month we also celebrate survivors of breast cancer. That includes over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S,” the Qatar embassy's Chargé d’Affaires William Grant said.
Dr. Mohammed Ussama Al Homsi said: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Qatar as in many countries around the world. Nowadays, breast cancer become curable disease, every one of us knows friends or relatives with past history of breast cancer who returned to normal life and having active role in the community. Breast cancer treatment became very effective and cure rate is reaching 95% of cases if detected early, but we still see cases with advanced stage of breast cancer, therefore we should all work to increase the awareness of breast cancer in our community, which includes spreading the facts about the early signs of breast cancer, the availability of curable treatments, participating in the breast screening program starting from the age of 40 year, and having the optimal life style which can reduce the incidence of breast cancer which includes: regular body exercise, healthy eating, avoiding obesity and mental stress."