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Middle East: Breast Cancer in Gaza

In Australia, the five year survival rate for a woman with breast cancer is 80%.
In Israel, it is 71%.
In Gaza, it is 40%.

The majority of breast cancers in the Gaza Strip are not detected until it is too late for surgery alone to be effective. There is no radiotherapy in Gaza, chemotherapy is very limited and often expensive, and access to treatment outside Gaza involves negotiating complex bureaucracies in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. As a result, many women die waiting for treatment. Tragically, paliiative care is basically non-existent in Gaza.

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The women in Gaza are doing wonders with the little that they have. You can do wonders too by joining our campaign and helping us to raise funds to improve their access to appropriate breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

By funding breast clinics through the Al Ahli hospital in Gaza, Anglican Overseas Aid is helping women access quality diagnosis facilities. This means there is greater likelihood of earlier detection that enables them to seek life-saving surgical treatment. These clinics will also promote education so that women will understand the need for self examination and early detection, and they will know to seek immediate attention for any suspicious lumps.

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There are a number of ways you can support the women of the Gaza Strip:

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Latest news

October 3, 2013

CEO visit to Israel and Gaza

Our chief executive Bob Mitchell is in Israel visiting projects in the region. His visit has been featured on the Diocese of Jerusalem website.

September 12, 2013

Reflection day on Israel and Palestine

On October 2, the Centre for Theology and Ministry is hosting a Theological Reflection Day on Israel and Palestine. Find out more inside.

August 27, 2013

ABC covers our breast cancer work in Gaza

The ABC's Newsline current affairs program recently visited our breast cancer work at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Watch the story inside.

June 13, 2013

A cross in Gaza

This moving piece tells of a Melbourne woman's gift of a cross to the director of the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza, where our breast cancer support program is based.

June 13, 2013

Powerful photos from Gaza

Browse this gallery of images and stories from our breast cancer project in Gaza and learn more about our Women Die Waiting campaign.

June 6, 2013

Exhibition at Victoria's Parliament

We will be highlighting our Women Die Waiting campaign at an exhibition at Victoria's Parliament House from June 11 to June 13.

March 2, 2013

Senator Lee Rhiannon visits Al Ahli Arab Hospital

Senator Lee Rhiannon draws attention to the plight of sick Palestinian women in Parliament last Tuesday

November 30, 2011

Breast cancer in Gaza campaign gets support of Australian Senate

Breast cancer in Gaza campaign gets support of Australian Senate
Anglicord’s “Women Die Waiting” campaign, which highlights the lack of access women in Gaza have to appropriate breast cancer treatment, has received cross-party support in the Australian Senate

November 2, 2011

Breast clinics give hope to women in Gaza

Breast clinics in Gaza, funded by Anglicord, will help save the lives of women like Awatef Abu Toha, whose mammogram in June showed a 1.5cm cyst in her left breast.

September 26, 2011

Women Die Waiting highlights breast cancer tragedy in Gaza

Media Release: Women Die Waiting – new documentary highlights breast cancer tragedy in Gaza


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