ISLAMABAD: Citizens of the federal capital looked on in awe come Tuesday eve after witnessing the Parliament House illuminated with pink lights. The important building has been decorated with pink lights in order to create awareness regarding breast cancer in Pakistan.
Per details, citizens would be able to see the pink building for three consecutive days, which would also act as a strong reminder of the importance of early detection and treatment of this serious disease.
A Facebook post shared by Pink Ribbon Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation responsible for spreading awareness regarding breast cancer, read: “On the evening of 3rd October, pink illumination of this prestigious building will be helpful in creating awareness about the disease at large.”
The post further said, “Your donation will help women suffering from breast cancer overcome the barriers of cost, fear and misinformation surrounding the disease, and ensure that women who cannot afford mammograms will receive free treatment through Pink Ribbon Hospital.”
It is pertinent to mention here that around 10.2 million women face the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in Pakistan. To create awareness regarding the disease, the organisation had also launched a nationwide breast cancer awareness marking the entire month of October as PINKtober.
Speaking about the campaign, Pink Ribbon Chief Executive Officer Omer Aftab said that breast cancer was the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women across the world. “Thus, there is a need to pay special focus to prevent this disease,” he added.
Aftab further said that the organisation had also started the construction of the country’s first dedicated Breast Cancer Hospital, while adding, “We need more support to build this hospital in order to ensure that none of us will have to bear the horror of losing a mother, a sister, a wife or a daughter to this deadly disease.”