Sun 21 Mar 2010 12:01 PM
Dr. Samia Al Amoudi
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Dr. Samia Al Amoudi

Industry: Healthcare

Designation: Medical doctor/researcher

Country: Saudi Arabia

Occupation: Medical doctor/researcher

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 frequently go untreated. She recently claimed that 70 percent of cases are not reported until a very late stage. The cancer has also been described as the number one cause of death for women in the UAE.

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. She is a former vice dean of the same college.