Recognizing survivors improves women’s health index in UAE
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, with one in eight women being diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. Research shows that the average age of diagnosis in the UAE is 10 years younger than anywhere else in the world. Early detection results in a survival rate of more than 90 percent for breast cancer patients.
One such story of survival, strength and change is that of Khulud Abdullah, a working mother of two young girls, who has been open about her story and encourages women to get screened early to know their risks.
Khud says, “I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer – triple negative, stage one, grade two, and my first concern was about informing my children and my parents. It took me two months to understand what was going on and accept the plan of treatment. Cancer was difficult and painful at every stage of treatment. However, I would like to say that you cannot enter the battle with cancer by being afraid, do not let cancer scare you, because you are a strong woman. . I want to encourage and ask women to get checked soon for once.”
“Not having any pain, doesn’t mean everything is fine. Know your body well; if you notice anything unusual or new in your body, get it checked out. Make it a routine. Even though I had a more aggressive form of breast cancer. , early detection made it my treatment process to be smooth. Don’t think ‘I don’t have a family history of cancer, so I’m not at risk.’ As for me, no one in my whole family has any kind of cancer, I was the first.”
“Dr Serife Simsek, Breast Surgeon at Fakeeh University Hospital was with me all the time, he encouraged me and gave me the strength to go through the whole process with determination. To anyone who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, be positive and strong and win the fight. You deserve life.”
Like Khulud, many women can take steps to get the right treatment at the right time and the right diagnosis, which is now possible with the most advanced technology available in the UAE.
Dr. Fatih Mehmet Gul, CEO, Fakeeh University Hospital, said, “At Fakeeh University Hospital, awareness and learning is a continuous process. We focus on educating and building awareness of the general effects of the condition – physical and psychological. The goal ours is this. year and #HopewithFUH is to raise collective awareness about breast cancer, from education to a multidisciplinary model of care.”
Recognizing survivors like Khulud is a step towards an improved indicator of women’s health in the UAE.