UAE (United Arab Emirates) fears breast cancer increase:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The number of breast cancer cases in the UAE is rising. In spite of a government initiative to increase awareness earlier this year, women have little understanding of the disease, meaning that they do not opt to for screening. Sana'a Awad obstetrician and gynaecologist at Al Mousa Medical Centre in Dubai said: "When women reach 40, they should undergo an X-ray once every year. But if there is a breast cancer case in their family history, then they should have mammogram X-rays twice a year, after the age of 35." According to Fatima Mohammed Khamis, head of the maternity and child care unit at Khor Fakkan Hospital, 30% of women aged 30-39 suffer from breast cancer in the UAE, with 37% of women aged 40-49 and around 29% of women above 50 suffering from the disease.