On Thursday, the Chairperson of The Marigold Foundation, Michelle Muscat, launched the annual, nationwide Pink Oct-Mov ’21 Campaign under the Patronage of First Lady, Mrs. Miriam Vella.
This year, Pink October will not only focus on breast cancer but will even focus on other female cancers such as ovarian and cervical cancer, both of which remain largely taboo on our Islands…
But this campaign is here to change that – urging women and girls alike to be open with such crucial issues; to learn how to prevent getting sick; how to check themselves properly; do the necessary screenings, and face the fear that often throws them into inertia.
However, the Pink Oct-Mov ’21 Campaign will also aim to raise awareness on men’s health, primarily about prostate and testicular cancers. Following a nationwide survey, this year’s campaign is focusing on educating men not just on the need to check themselves but also on how to do it properly.
The Marigold Foundation urges the general public to look out for these potentially life-saving messages, billboards, tv ads, and online posts to learn more on how to be brave, take the next step, and check their body regularly!
The event was addressed by Malta’s top clinicians and surgeons, including Dr. Nick Refalo, Clinical Chair of SAMOC, Prof Ray Galea, gynecologist, Mr. John Agius, Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Dr. Gerald Busuttil, Specialist in Urology and Dr. Krystel von Brockdorf, consultant oncologist.
Collectively, they highlighted the importance of this vital campaign in raising awareness and educating the public and the importance of health practitioners to follow up on other illnesses, not just COVID.
Mr. Robert Xuereb from The Marigold Foundation also explained the stark significance of the Deep Inspiratory Breath Hold Monitoring System, which will be bought if enough funds are raised. The System will thereafter be used at the Sir Mamo Oncology Centre, which will help to lower the radiation dose received by the heart in breast cancer and lymphoma patients.
As per previous years, donations collected will go towards a national fund which will then be distributed amongst breast care and other cancer NGOs for research and educative purposes.
So, if you’d like to show some support to Pink Oct-Mov ’21, kindly visit their Facebook page or Instagram to learn more on their events throughout October, or donate to any of the numbers below!
SMS Donations 50619238 for €11.65
CALL Donations 51702052 €15 51802053 €25
MOBILE PAY number 99912373 for amounts up to €500
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