Pink Oc­to­ber at MCAST

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

The Malta Col­lege of Arts, Science and Tech­nol­ogy wrapped up its ac­tiv­i­ties as part of Pink Oc­to­ber Malta.

An in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion was held at the Stu­dent Hub in which breast can­cer sur­vivors Rita Brin­cat and An­tonella Rogers shared their ex­pe­ri­ences. Brin­cat and Rogers de­liv­ered in­spi­ra­tional talks to staff and stu­dents present and re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of keep­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude in the face of ad­ver­sity and ill­ness.

Dr Michael Ax­iaq, who is also an MCAST lec­turer, strongly en­cour­aged the au­di­ence to pur­sue a healthy life­style, as this can de­crease the risk of any type of can­cer. Dr Ax­iaq ad­vised men to be­come more self-aware as there have been cases of men that are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer.

Mariella Bom­bagi, a prac­tice nurse from the Malta Na­tional Health Screen­ing pro­gramme showed an in­for­ma­tional video on how self-ex­am­i­na­tion can be done at home and an­swered sev­eral ques­tions from the au­di­ence. A num­ber of use­ful pam­phlets were also cir­cu­lated.

De­li­cious pink cup­cakes pre­pared by the team at the In­sti­tute for Com­mu­nity Ser­vices were also on sale and staff wore pink to sup­port breast can­cer aware­ness.

Pro­ceeds from the dona­tion boxes will be given to The Marigold Foun­da­tion Malta.

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