CAIRO: “You are Still Beautiful,” a breast cancer awareness campaign launched by students from Cairo University aims to raise its profile and provide support for patients.
One of the organizers, Nourhan Sayed told Youm7 that the main target of the initiative is to fight breast cancer, and that the idea was first discussed during October, which is the international month for the disease.
“The campaign aims to spread knowledge about the disease, its causes, symptoms and way of protection,” Sayed added.
She noted that there will be new plans for raising awareness about the disease, which affects both women and men.
In May, the first musical operetta for breast cancer patients from women was out carrying the same name of the initiative. The idea of the song was inspired by a real case of an Egyptian female breast cancer survivor called Ghada Salah, describing her fight against the disease. The song was performed by some 10 young Egyptian singers, and the lyrics were written by Poet Waleed Abdel Moneim, in support of efforts by the non-governmental Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt (BCFE.)
“You are still beautiful…You are still living and still feeling…everything in you is beautiful… and nothing is imperfect in you,” read the lyrics of the song translated from Arabic.
With its supportive lyrics, the song has gained a high reaction on social media; the video clip on Youtube has collected over 192,000 views until the time of writing.
Video of the song “Still Beautiful” in Arabic
Around 113,000 cases are diagnosed as contracting tumors in Egypt every year, where the rate of breast cancer is 34 percent of the total figure, Shorouq newspaper quoted head of the International Association for Breast cancers and Women, Hisham el-Ghazaly in October.
Around 1.1 percent of women in Egypt who undergo early detection examinations, test positive for breast cancer, director of women health national program at Health Ministry Naglaa Abdel Raziq told Youm7 in November.
Raziq added that one out of each eight women in Egypt are vulnerable to have breast cancer, while one out of each four is the rate for women exceeding the age of 70.
Breast cancer represents 30 percent of types of tumors affecting women in general, she said. At the time of her statements, some 143,000 women have been examined, and 1600 patients were treated.