An evening of socializing aimed at encouraging early detection to fight the disease

Dubai, UAE: Millennium Plaza Dubai, a luxury accommodation along Sheikh Zayed Road, joined Brest Friends, the first breast cancer support group in Dubai, in celebrating 12 years of raising breast cancer awareness in the UAE.

An evening of socializing highlighted by a cake cutting ceremony was held at the hotel’s Club Lounge to celebrate the group’s anniversary.  The event was attended by several breast cancer survivors, officials and guests from Millennium Plaza Dubai, Brest Friends in partnership Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organization dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research.

Studies show that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. In the UAE, breast cancer represents the second biggest cause of death among women with the highest mortality rate in the 45 to 49 age group.

Brest Friends was established in 2005 by Dr Houriya Kazim, the UAE’s first female surgeon, with the mission to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer. During the last decade, Brest Friends run the first support group where survivors meet once a month to learn, socialize and support each other and help dispel the common misconception about the disease and remove barriers such as limited or no health insurance, lack of transportation and childcare or language and cultural differences.

In 2015, Brest Friends partnered with Al Jalila Foundation to promote early detection of breast cancer, facilitate medical treatment and set up and fund locally-based research into the epidemiology of breast cancer in the UAE.

Nemo Acimovic, General Manager, Millennium Plaza Dubai, said: “The Millennium Plaza Hotel endeavors to support groups and organizations that promote awareness of local and global concerns such as breast cancer which is one of the biggest causes of deaths among women. By partnering with Al Jalila Foundation which supports Brest Friends, we champion the cause of beating cancer by early detection and encourage other organisations to support this worthy cause.”

Dr. Houriya Kazim, President and Founder of  Brest Friends, commented: “Women no longer have to lose their lives if cancer is caught early, we have a lot of survivors who from their own experience can confirm that women who have detected the cancer in their earlier stage can beat it and will live for a long time. We believe that awareness about regular screening to fight breast cancer is still not high enough in the UAE so we encourage women to be more familiar with their body and see the doctor if they noticed any changes.”

Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Olama, Al Jalila Foundation, added: “Prevention and early detection is the best way to fight any kind of cancer. We cannot prevent it but we can detect it and ultimately save lives. At Jalila Foundation, we strive to continue making advances in research to offer hope and healing to countless women diagnosed with cancer every year.

During the celebration, guests were treated to complimentary makeover as express manicures, makeup, shoulder massages courtesy of Tips and Toes and goodie bags.

About the Millennium Plaza Dubai:

Millennium Plaza Dubai is strategically located on one of the city’s most prestigious arteries, Sheikh Zayed Road, facing the Dubai International Financial Centre and in close proximity to the Dubai International Convention Centre and World Trade Centre. A five-minute metro ride away, you can shop at Dubai Mall or marvel at the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. The 65-storey tower comprises of 398 elegantly built rooms ranging from 34m² to 101m² spread over 36 floors. The hotel rooms start from the 26th floor upwards till the 61st floor. Guests can enjoy unobstructed views of Dubai from each and every room, overlooking Sheikh Zayed Road, Zabeel Palace, Dubai Creek and the Jumeirah beach. The hotel’s restaurants serve a variety of cuisines from International Buffet to Local Emirati Cuisine. Other facilities include the Club Lounge, Business Center, Health Club and Spa. The meeting and conference facilities offer natural daylight, state-of-the-art audio visual equipments and wifi internet services making it an ideal working environment with a convenient address. Discover Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai where “More than meets the eye”.

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