Breast Cancer Awareness
Arab Bedouin women have disproportionately high rates of breast cancer in Israel, especially those living in the Negev. According to a study conducted by Dr. Raymond Menassa, Director of the Breast Health Center at the Holy Family Hospital in Nazareth, the average age of Palestinian women in Israel with breast cancer is 48, 20 years younger than the average age of Jewish women diagnosed in Israel. In addition, the survival rate among young Arab women, under the age of 40 with breast cancer, is approximately 30%, as compared to the >90% 5-year survival rate among Jewish Israelis. This discrepancy is attributed to late detection of breast cancer among Arab women. The situation in the Negev is even graver as access to information about breast cancer and/or its life-threatening consequences is not readily available.
We developed and produced a breast cancer awareness-raising educational kit that is culturally appropriate for Arab Bedouin women in the Negev. The kits provide vital information about breast cancer including the importance of early detection and the appropriate channels for diagnosis, treatment and support. Women from the community are trained as guides to present these kits through one-day seminars for mothers and daughters in the Arab Bedouin community.
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation
- Breast Cancer Center at Beer Sheva’s Soroka University Medical Center
News of Note
On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, AJEEC-NISPED, the Clalit Health Fund, and the Soroka University Medical Center co-sponsored a conference on breast cancer awareness in the Bedouin community. Medical professionals and key stakeholders from around the Negev and Israel participated. Learn more here.