Cancer: Pink Hijab Day

2012-10-18 11:13

October is breast cancer awareness month and over the last few years many Muslim women across the globe wear pink hijab or dress up in pink to increase consciousness, knowledge and raise awareness about Cancer.

Pink Hijab (headscarf) Day was founded by a group of Muslim women from Missouri, in America, who wanted to promote breast cancer awareness and clear stereotypes of Muslim females at their high school. In the couple of years since its inception, Pink Hijab Day, a simple symbolic undertaking, has expanded across the world.

In South Africa, Humairah Jassat, a University of Johannesburg (UJ) student, started the Pink Hijab Day initiative. The event is global, and anyone can participate; Muslims and non-Muslims.

Pink hijab (headscarf) day is a lovely and a fun way for Muslim women to use their hijab in a positive way by committing to an issue that affects women and to initiate dialogue to clear misinformation about Islam and Muslims. “The universal and one message for the day is that early detection saves lives”. It is not just women who are affected by breast cancer. The men and children in their lives are affected just as much “when mum is ill the whole house is down”.

It is important that within the boundaries of Islamic law, Muslim women volunteer and engage themselves in social and cultural events in order to develop their communities and societies.

According to the website of the cancer association of South Africa (CANSA), Breast cancer is a leading cancer faced by South African women with one in 29 women diagnosed each year with this disease. Like other types of cancers, breast cancer is treatable when detected early, hence the focus on creating wide awareness about preventing the disease with regular medical checkups and breast examinations.

The Cancer Association of South (CANSA) is asking all women to look after their health and check their breasts each month for changes to help detect breast cancer early. Regular mammography is the method used to detect lumps in the breast.

This annual Cancer campaign is also used to raise much needed funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure and to give moral support to those affected by breast cancer.

Even men may participate in this brilliant initiative by educating themselves about the different types of cancers or by donating to bona fide cancer funds. Breast cancer and cancer in general affects not only the patient who endures a series of hospital visits, operations and treatments, but also the loved ones who have to act as a tower of strength and support and observe the suffering of a dear one during a heart wrenching test and challenge.

Show that you care by supporting pink hijab (headscarf) day, which this year will fall on Wednesday, 24th October or the many other cancer awareness and bona fide fund raising initiatives like Sanlam Cancer Challenge, Relay for Life, Shavathon, and Cuppa for CANSA.

Please visit the CANSA website for more information on cancer and other activities: www.cansa.org.za

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