Egyptian Breast Cancer Foundation hosts sports day at Al-Gezira Club

Ingy Deif, Thursday 18 Apr 2013

Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt and Train for Aim to host a sports day on Friday at Cairo's Al-Gezira sporting club, stressing the importance of exercise in the fight against breast cancer

Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt will work hand in hand with Train for Aim to host a sports day to help raise breast cancer awareness on Friday at Cairo's Al-Gezira sporting club.

Dr. Mohamed Shaalan, Professor of surgical oncology, Director of the Early Detection Unit at the National Cancer Institute - Cairo University, and the Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt (BCFE) chairman, stressed that exercising is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle against cancer, adding that it could help in preventing about one-third of the cases before they occur.

"We should learn to exercise regularly not only to look better, but also to live better and lead a healthier lifestyle," Shaalan said.

According to the NCI statistics, in Egypt, breast cancer accounts for 37.5 percent of all cancer cases. Raising awareness regarding a healthier lifestyle and early detection is a key factor in reducing the risk of breast cancer. In this framework comes the launching of the ninth annual event by the foundation.

The event will take place at Al-Gezira sporting club in Cairo's Zamalek district. It will start by a walk by attendants after Friday prayer and will coincide with a host of sports activities that promise a day of fun and activity.

Train for Aim will cycle around the club and Zumba sessions are scheduled to take place as well.

The Egyptian European Circus will contribute to the fun day by performances offered by the famous lion trainer, Faten El-Helw. For kids, a mascot show will take place in addition to painting activities.

A talk will also host a number of prominent specialists and celebrities, and later in the week, BCFE will be offering check-ups and mammograms.

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