Designation: Cancer Specialist
Country: Saudi Arabia
Samia Al Amoudi has played such a vital role in highlighting the importance of early examinations for breast cancer that in 2007 she was recognised by then US secretary of state Condoleeza Rice as being one of the most courageous women in the world.
An obstetrician, gynaecologist and assistant professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Dr Al Amoudi first diagnosed herself with breast cancer in April 2006 and underwent a course of chemotherapy in order to combat the disease. But during that period, she also wrote a series of articles about her experience in a weekly column that was published in the Al Madinah newspaper, and also appeared on a daily programme on television. By highlighting her own experiences, Al Amoudi has brought the issue of breast cancer to the forefront in a part of the world where symptoms may be ignored and frequently go untreated. She recently claimed that 70 percent of cases are not reported until a very late stage. A trailblazer in more ways than one, Al Amoudi was also a member of the first group of doctors to graduate from the medical college at King Abdulaziz University in 1981.