The new long-awaited specialised breast cancer centre will be opened on November 1, head of Europa Donna Cyprus Evi Papadopoulou announced on Sunday.
She was speaking during the annual pink silhouette march which took part for the 11th time. “This is the first year we don’t have to struggle to find money to build a cancer centre,” she said. “It is now a reality.”
Thousands of men, women and whole families took part in Sunday’s march in Nicosia, under the motto,“We walk for all the women in our lives”.
The march was also attended by Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis and Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis and began from the parking area at the end of Makarios avenue and ended at the HQ of Piraeus bank, one of the sponsors.
Participants held figures representing people, 604 pink ones, one for each woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer, two blue ones for the number of men diagnosed with the cancer in the past year and 71 white figures for the women who died from the disease in the past year. After the walk the figures, each containing a message of strength and support were placed in front of the bank.
In her speech Papadopoulou talked about the facts. Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in women and the leading cause of death. Twenty per cent of women are diagnosed with it before the age of 40. However, new drugs and new exams save 30 to 40 per cent of women from having to undergo chemotherapy.
“Cyprus is very close to reaching the 80 per cent survival rate, which is the percentage in developed countries, and this is thanks to enlightenment, awareness, early diagnosis, improved drugs, new treatments and expertise in the fight against breast cancer,” Europa Donna’s president added.
Europa Donna operates two programmes “Breast Friends” and “Support”.
The first offers special bras and support from specialist nurses and the second aims at the best possible psychological and emotional support for women and men with breast cancer and their families.