Palestinian women walk past a mobile breast cancer check up clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza
Palestinian women walk past a mobile breast cancer check up clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza
Photo: Reuters
A Palestinian woman registers before a breast cancer check up inside a mobile clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza

Gaza health activists fight stigma to raise breast cancer awareness

As part of 'There's no shame in it' campaign launched by private charity Fares Al-Arab, officials have been promoting early detection of the disease in honor of international breast cancer awareness month in October

Reuters |
Published: 10.12.21, 11:37
Health authorities and charities in Gaza are stepping up efforts to persuade women to be tested for breast cancer, hoping to overcome social stigma in the conservative Palestinian enclave over dealing with the disease.
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  • As part of a "There's no shame in it" campaign launched by private charity Fares Al-Arab in conjunction with Gaza's Health Ministry, Muslim preachers have been promoting early detection and bakers have enclosed similar messages in bread packages.
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    A Palestinian woman registers before a breast cancer check up inside a mobile clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza
    A Palestinian woman registers before a breast cancer check up inside a mobile clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza
    A Palestinian woman registers before a breast cancer check up inside a mobile clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza
    (Photo: Reuters)
    A mobile testing van has taken to the road, providing scans for some 150 women a day over the past week at the start of the annual international breast cancer awareness month in October.
    "'There's no shame in it' is a message of hope and safety for every women, telling them to go ahead and check," said Georgette Harb, the campaign's leader.
    "There is a category in the community that deals with the issue as shameful, and they deal with breast removal and the word breast as if it was obscene or shameful," said Harb.
    Breast cancer accounts for 32% of the cases of cancer among women in Gaza, the health ministry said.
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    Palestinian women walk past a mobile breast cancer check up clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza
    Palestinian women walk past a mobile breast cancer check up clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza
    Palestinian women walk past a mobile breast cancer check up clinic set up in a truck, during a campaign aimed to raise public awareness in Gaza
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Cancer patients there face multiple problems ranging from poverty, the lack of medication in the territory's hospitals and some difficulty going for treatment to Israel, the West Bank and beyond due to permit restrictions.
    During the campaign, Gaza's main telecommunications company PalTel bathed its headquarters in pink lights, the colour illustrating breast cancer awareness, with more institutions due to follow.
    Gaza, a narrow coastal strip that borders Egypt and Israel, is home to about two million Palestinians. It is controlled by the Hamas terror group and poverty and unemployment in the enclave run high.
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