Addressing a press conference held at the National Breast Screening Unit at Lascaris, the Chairperson of The Marigold Foundation, Michelle Muscat said that the National Pink October / Movember Campaign 2019 had been a huge success resulting in greater awareness among females in Malta and the beginning of a nationwide awareness campaign on common male cancers in Malta.
Mrs Muscat said that while information and awareness about breast cancer has now caught on, information on testicular cancer and prostate cancer among men in Malta is still at its initial phases. However, the attention registered during the months of October and November shows the need to continue such awareness campaigns in the coming months.
During this campaign a total of €175,000 was collected from private entities, companies and schools. Some of the money went towards the purchasing of the second imaging machine that will be used at the National Screening Unit for the benefit of the female population in Malta. The rest of the money was divided among seven NGOs specialising in cancer awareness and care.
National Screening Unit Director Dr Stephanie Xuereb commended the national campaigns carried out by The Marigold Foundation, stating that since these educational campaigns started, the national screening unit has registered a drastic increase of females accepting the invitation to be screened. Dr Xuereb welcomed the purchase of the second imaging machine, saying that this will help prevent any backlogs and waiting lists.
Dr Danika Marmara from the National Cancer Platform said that Marigold’s initiative and collaboration with Movember International now means that male cancers are part of the platform. Dr Marmara applauded the professional use of research in campaigns such as these, stating that positive results are being seen and registered.
The Marigold Foundation thanked schools, businesses, local councils, national entities and different entities for participating in this campaign and looks forward to another successful campaign in 2020.