Health activists fight stigma to raise breast cancer awareness in Gaza

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Health authorities and charities in Gaza are stepping up efforts to persuade women to be tested for breast cancer, hoping to overcome social stigma in the conservative Palestinian enclave over dealing with the disease. As part of a “There’s no shame in it” campaign launched by private charity Fares Al-Arab in conjunction with the health ministry, Muslim preachers have been promoting early detection and bakers have enclosed similar messages in bread packages. A mobile testing van has taken to the road, providing scans for some 150 women a day over the past week at the start of the annual intern…

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