Women were handed colourful gerberas and pink balloons as they walked through City Gate, Valletta, yesterday, in preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in Malta affecting nearly 200 women every year.
There were 1,300 cases of breast cancer between 2000 and 2005. One out of 12 Maltese women will get breast cancer during their lifetime; this is significantly higher than the European average. Between 1996 and 2006 there were around 850 deaths, according to the Malta Cancer registry.