Women in the Middle East often suffer more aggressive forms of breast cancer than Western women, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar ( WCMC-Q) have found . WCMC-Q’s Assistant Dean for Basic Science Curriculum, Dr Lotfi Chouchane, the lead author of the research report, said that Arab populations had some particularities in terms of cancer, especially breast cancer, and also that the clinical features of breast cancer among Arab women were different from other populations.
On average women live six to seven years longer than men. However, the leading causes of death in women such as ischemic heart disease, stroke, lung disease, breast and cervical cancer can be easily prevented through simple screening tests and lifestyle modifications. In the past, work on women’s health was focused on the health problems of women during pregnancy and childbirth. A gender-based approach has broadened our understanding of women’s health problems and helped identify ways to address them for women of all ages.
As is often the case in the Arab world many women are not part of the formal work force and, as a consequence, many of their symptoms or healthcare needs may be overlooked or missed due to their lack of access to healthcare. Hoping to overcome these issues, experts from around the world will converge at the first ever Women’s Health Programme taking place on the 3rd April at the Obs-Gyne Exhibition & Congress 2012.