It’s all about early detection.

If you’ve been putting off a breast cancer check or cervical screening, there’s no time like the present.

The Pink Caravan is back for 2018, and this year sees the launch of a permanent mobile clinic which will provide mammogram screening for UAE residents.

Now in its eighth year, the charity ride will begin in Sharjah on February 28 and move through all seven Emirates over the following week. It will finish in Abu Dhabi on March 6.

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Riders on horseback will be accompanied by a mobile clinic offering cancer checks. In each centre, the Pink Caravan itself will operate in tandem with temporary clinics in existing hospitals.

Cancer checks for men will also be available at one location in each Emirate.

“In total, we have more than 30 clinics operating as part of the campaign,” organiser Dr Sawsan Al Madhi told Gulf News.

“There will be one fixed clinic in each emirate, which will continue to offer medical services for 12 days. We also have the special mobile medical clinic accompanying the riders and the mobile medical team working in more than four medical clinics every day. One clinic will be dedicated for male screenings.”

Each clinic will run from 10am-6pm, Gulf News reported. The fixed clinics mentioned below will be open from Februaru 28-March 11.

Here’s the caravan’s full schedule: 

Sharjah – Wednesday February 28. Men and women can go to Kuwait Hospital, and Al Dhaid Hospital, Directorate of Punitive and Correctional institutions and Al Qarain Health Centre will be open to women. There will also be a fixed clinic at Al Majaz Waterfront.

Fujairah – Thursday March 1. Men and women will be seen at Fujairah Hospital, and women can go to Masafi Hospital, CosmeSurge, and Emirates Hospital. There will be a fixed clinic at Fujairah Corniche.

Dubai – Friday March 2. The Zabeel Park clinic will see men as well as women, who can also go to Al Qudra Lakes, Ibn Battuta Mall, and a fixed clinic at The Dubai Mall.

Ras Al Khaimah – Saruday March 3. Men and women can go to Abdullah bin Omran Hospital, while Al Jeer Health Centre and Ras Al Khaimah Hospital will see women. There will be a fixed clinic at Al Qawasim Corniche.

Umm Al Quwain – Sunday March 4. Men and women will be seen at Salama Health Centre and Falaj Al Mua’alla Health Centre, while Umm Al Quwain Hospital will see women. There will also be a fixed clinic at Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital.

Ajman – Monday March 5. Expect clinics at for women at University College of Mother and Family Sciences, Umm Al Moumineen Women’s Association and  Musheirif Health Centre. Men can go to Al Hamidiya Health Centre. The fixed clinic will be available at Ajman Corniche.

Abu Dhabi – Tuesday March 6. Here, men and women can go to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Zayed University and Zayed Military Hospital, and the fixed clinic will be available at Al Seef Village.

Go and get checked. You won’t regret it.

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