Chatter: Many Arabs View Breast Cancer as Inappropriate Topic, According to Report


Tucson’s Muslims for the Cure visor. (Amer Taleb)

There’ll be a lot of pink hijabs at this year’s Southern Arizona Race for the Cure. In fact, it’ll be the first time the Muslim community registers a team in the race, according to Maryam Mir, captain of Tucson’s Muslim for the Cure.

More information about the team here: Team Info.

More than 1.5 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, making it the most common cancer in women worldwide. In some Middle Eastern countries, most women go undiagnosed until the very late stages because their disease is seen as too inappropriate to discuss in public, according a 2007 report.

Do Muslims and Arabs have a problem discussing breast cancer in public? If so, what’s the cause and solution?

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2 thoughts on “Chatter: Many Arabs View Breast Cancer as Inappropriate Topic, According to Report

  1. Check out this article in Saudi Aramco about a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer & how she dealt with it along with educating many….Alhumdulillah for this sister’s dedication to proper health care for women, for her love of humanity.

    Reading about her dedication regarding the deaf and hearing impaired community is especially close to my heart, Myshallah (my sister is deaf.)

    From the article, “It was surprising to me to know that we have over 750,000 men and women with hearing problems. The first thing I did was to learn sign language.”

    http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/201105/for.my.children.htm

  2. Do Muslims and Arabs have a problem discussing breast cancer in public?

    Some do, some don’t. My philosophy is to respectfully know your audience, iA.

    If so, what’s the cause and solution?

    Cause: Lack of education. Solution: Education. iA.

    Do we know, just a question out there to the universe, that we have two ladies who are breast cancer survivors within our own Muslim community in Tucson. Two that we know of, that is.

    May Allah Bless us with knowledge as no one else can, with empathy & love, as no one else can to His Degree. Yaa Rabb, iA.

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