Women go­ing pink for Breast Can­cer Aware­ness

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

More than a thou­sand mem­bers of a world-wide women’s or­gan­i­sa­tion, Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional of Great Bri­tain and Ire­land will be go­ing ‘Pink by the Pool’ on Fri­day Novem­ber 11th at 8.30am mak­ing a splash of pink for breast can­cer aware­ness, when they meet in Malta next week.

The SIGBI 82nd An­nual Con­fer­ence “En­gi­neer­ing the Fu­ture” will be tak­ing place be­tween the 10th and 12th Novem­ber at the Malta Hil­ton in St Ju­lian’s. The con­fer­ence theme cho­sen by The Pres­i­dent of SIGBI, Mar­garet Em­s­ley, her­self a Civil Engi­neer, makes ref­er­ence to the dif­fer­ence that Sorop­ti­mists make to the lives of women and girls through­out the world. All Sorop­ti­mists world­wide strive to “engi­neer” the fu­ture for women and girls, en­cour­ag­ing them in non­tra­di­tional STEM sub­jects (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Math­e­mat­ics). In ad­di­tion, Sorop­ti­mists strive to Ed­u­cate, En­able and Em­power women and girls world­wide.

Re­al­is­ing the need for on­go­ing spe­cial­ist train­ing in science and medicine, all Sorop­ti­mist del­e­gates at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence in Malta, are be­ing in­vited to join Pres­i­dent Mar­garet by the Pool at the Malta Hil­ton, wear­ing pink to cre­ate a con­sid­er­able splash of colour! The aim is to em­pha­sise the need for more re­search and for more fund­ing to en­sure that no one, any­where in the world, is de­nied di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment.

Although over the years, there has been im­mense im­prove­ment and mor­tal­ity rates have dropped sig­nif­i­cantly, es­pe­cially here in Malta, there is still the need for more pa­tient ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­als’ train­ing both in di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and aware­ness-rais­ing, not just among women but also amongst men. Re­searchers around the world are work­ing to find bet­ter ways to pre­vent, de­tect, and treat breast can­cer, and to im­prove the qual­ity of life of pa­tients and sur­vivors. Keep­ing in mind that early de­tec­tion and di­ag­no­sis can have a di­rect ef­fect on the out­come, em­pha­sis is placed on reg­u­lar self-ex­am­i­na­tion and early ad­vice.

The three day con­fer­ence has an ac­tion packed pro­gramme with some in­spi­ra­tional and stim­u­lat­ing key­note speak­ers, in­clud­ing Dr He­len Shar­man the first Bri­tish astro­naut; Dame Pro­fes­sor Sue Ion, the Bri­tish engi­neer and ex­pert on nu­clear power and Dave Co­plin, Chief En­vi­sion­ing Of­fi­cer at Mi­crosoft and Founder of The En­vi­sion­ers.

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