Cancer awareness in the Arab sector

“If someone had told me, ‘This lump could be cancer’ I would have gone and had it tested without thinking twice, but I’d never heard anything about these problems.”

By MAAYAN HARUNI
August 2, 2018 10:58
Color's breast and ovarian cancer DNA test

Color's breast and ovarian cancer DNA test. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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When Haldiya Abu Kamir, 52, a mother of two from Haifa, first felt a lump in one of her breasts over a decade ago, she didn’t think anything of it. Even as the lump increased in size over the next five years, she still wasn’t worried. “If someone had told me, ‘This lump could be cancer’ I would have gone and had it tested without thinking twice, but I’d never heard anything about these problems,” Abu Kamir recalls.

“For five years, I had a lump in my breast, but never had it checked out. I finally had it checked not because someone educated me about the possibility of it being cancerous, but because it was growing larger and larger. So I finally went to the doctor.” Abu Kamir was diagnosed with a 2.5-c.m. tumor and subsequently underwent a mastectomy. “I was very lucky it wasn’t in the armpit,” she adds.

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