October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a heartening time when women around the world stand up for each other.

Although the talk about breast cancer is prevalent in western society, it's only recently that the issue has made its way into the spotlight in Pakistan.

A-listers like Mahira Khan and Sanam Saeed have taken the stage too, joining hands with the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital to raise awareness about the disease that is curable if it's diagnosed early on.

Mahira addresses the SKMH event
Mahira addresses the SKMH event

In a video message, Mahira and Sanam stress on the need for women to perform self-examinations and visit a doctor if they feel something is wrong. Women who have crossed the age of 40 need to go for mammograms every year to ensure that there are cancer free.

Mahira and Sanam tell their listeners to take care of themselves.

Apne aap se wada karo

Apna khayal rakhne ka irada karo

Hadiqa Kiani, who has been away from the music scene since Pakistan Idol, is also one of the initiative's ambassadors and has been seen in events addressing the need for self-awareness.

Hadiqa Kiani takes the pledge
Hadiqa Kiani takes the pledge

TV show host Ayesha Sana also attended the event to show her support.

Ayesha Sana at the event
Ayesha Sana at the event

Mussarat Misbah, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the LSAs this year, held a makeup tutorial for patients in the session.

The #pinkselfie

Not only celebrities, but popular fashion brand Generation has also started a simple yet effective awareness campaign. Instead of relying on star power, the campaign focuses on young women who post their picture taking the pledge.

With more than 50 posts on their Instagram account, Generation is also giving out pamphlets to buyers in their outlets and the sales staff is wearing pink ribbons to show their support.

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