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Breast Cancer Awareness Program Launched at KAU
Hassna’a Mokhtar, Arab News —
JEDDAH, 26 February 2008 — The Saudi Cancer Society (SCS), Susan G. Komen for
the Cure, and the US Department of State yesterday launched at King Abdulaziz
University (KAU) Hospital the a series of Komen training modules in breast cancer
awareness and advocacy.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest network of breast cancer survivors
and activists, has 25 years experience in the field and was brought to the Kingdom
through the US-Middle East Partnership Program to combat breast cancer.
Several representatives from SCS, the US Department of State, Susan G. Komen for
the Cure and the Institute of International Education are visiting Riyadh, Jeddah,
Qassim and Dammam — places where the course will be implemented — to promote
training on the first of its five modules.
“It’s going to be very challenging to spread awareness in the Saudi community,” said
Erin Walsh, a senior adviser on women at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. “It’s
going to be challenging because of society’s diversification. However, our goal is to
build a knowledge platform.”
Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, a breast cancer survivor and member of the Saudi Cancer
Society High Committee on Breast Cancer, said that the course is designed to prepare
advocates to objectively assess breast cancer related needs of their communities.
“Advocates will learn how to recruit, organize and train volunteers; build breast cancer
awareness and provide education options for their community members; and raise the
funds needed to carry out their objectives,” she said.
Nora Al-Sehli, a resident doctor at the gynecology department at the KAU Hospital,
said further awareness needs to be created about breast cancer.
“Saudi women are so afraid of being screened for early breast cancer (mammogram),”
said Al-Sehli. “They need to break their fear and we should make more efforts to
change society’s perception of bre