Breast Cancer in Saudi Arabia: A Woman Doctor Breaking Taboos

Posted on September 14, 2011 by Alexandra Avakian

Aramco World Magazine sent me to Saudi Arabia to shoot astory about brave Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, a breast cancer activist and survivor,  “breaking the silence”, as she says, in the Arab world regarding the disease.


I first met Dr. Samia at a small working lunch for top global breast cancer activists at the Susan G. Komen  office in Washington, D.C. in 2009. I was intrigued by Dr. Samia, and after the second time I survived breast cancer, decided to pitch the story about her to Aramco World. They made it the September/October issue’s cover story.


Working with Dr. Samia in Jeddah, S.A. was a moving experience I will never forget. Because I shared a similar struggle with the Saudi survivors I met, they were extremely open with me, letting me in to their sensitive world.

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