Breast Cancer in KSA

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A friend of mine in Jeddah educates women in the Kingdom about breast feeding and breast cancer. This breast cancer tree bears pink ribbons which represent women who have died of the disease who were known by other women who attended a seminar she gave in the city. Many women in the Kingdom ignore symptoms and wait too long to seek treatment because of modesty and the embarassing nature of breast cancer.


About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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11 Responses to Breast Cancer in KSA

  1. amy says:

    That is so sad.. But in such a country I can see why women are ashamed to seek treatment.

  2. Sarah says:

    “Many women in the Kingdom ignore symptoms and wait too long to seek treatment because of modesty and the embarassing nature of breast cancer.”
    modesty and the embarassing nature??

    • Yes – this is what I have been told by my friend who operates a breast feeding / women’s health information center in Jeddah. Women in KSA are also discouraged from breast feeding because every newborn baby is given and must drink formula from a bottle before leaving the hospital – an arrangement worked out between the government and a big baby formula company. For decades now, KSA women have been led away from breastfeeding by big business and the Saudi government.

      • Chiara says:

        Wow! What about the Sharia family law recommendation of breast feeding each child for 2 years? Out with the formula company contract? 😦 I guess it isn’t as bad as getting impoverished Africans to use formula they can’t afford and have no clean water to prepare. 😦

  3. leif hagen says:

    Education, prevention and early detection are paramount! Important message, Susie!

  4. Bill B says:

    Sounds like your friend has an uphill battle to educate the women.

  5. Chiara says:

    A very compelling photo!

    It is nice to know that some education efforts are being made, and always sad that there are deaths, often because of delays in diagnosis and treatment. My own paternal grandmother died of breast cancer (a gruesome death). One of her parting gifts was to share with my sister and I that after she discovered a lump (meaning it was already sizeable) she waited a year before consulting a doctor, for fear it would be cancer. Unfortunately such a delay means giving the cancer time to grow, invade nearby tissue and spread afar. The one time I discovered a lump (suddenly sprang up) I was in my family physician’s clinic at opening hours the next am–fortunately benign, and obviously not a cancer but I MADE him order a mammography anyway, which he did to allay my anxiety more than on medical grounds. No matter, I had a base line mammography and a lump that disappeared with steroid cream. All should be so lucky!

  6. Rose says:

    Hi Susie

    Hope you are well

    Ive been reading your blog and its very entertaining and informative.

    Im from the UK and am marrying into a Saudi family and may well live in Saudi, could you get in touch?

    Warmest regards

  7. Jerry M says:

    With ones health ignorance is not bliss.

  8. Gunn White says:

    Thanks for sharing such a strong photo!

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