The Fight Against Breast Cancer Is Different In Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia, because of cultural norms, it's hard to even say the word "breast" when talking about cancer.By Kate Grumke | September 30, 2015
Women in Saudi Arabia face a lot of barriers. They aren't allowed to drive, they're expected to cover themselves in public, and they face many other policies and cultural norms governing their roles in public and the workplace.
But the impact these issues have on women's health in the country is less talked about.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women in Saudi Arabia, and is the leading cause of death. Women in that country get cancer at a younger age than women in the U.S., and they are diagnosed in the late stages of cancer much more often than women in developed nations, according to the Saudi Ministry of Health. Saudi Arabia also has one of the highest mortality rates for breast cancer in the world.