For Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon, a diagnosis of breast cancer is almost always a death sentence

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Please take a moment to read this appeal from the American Friends of UNRWA. For Palestinian refugee woman living in camps in Lebanon, a diagnosis of breast cancer is almost always a death sentence. Because of the horrible restrictions refugees endure in Lebanon, most of them are unable to find work and most of them cannot afford health insurance. Many woman are never diagnosed in the first place because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. But even for those who are diagnosed, they are unable to afford the specialized treatment. Please help.

This is one area where our activism can have an immediate and direct impact.

~ Kristin

 Dear Friend,

Breast cancer doesn’t care if you’re a refugee. It doesn’t care if you have access to cancer screening or if you can afford treatment.

Breast cancer doesn’t care if you’re in the United States, Palestine, or Lebanon. It doesn’t care if you’re a mother, a wife, a sister, or a daughter. Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. More than one million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. For most women diagnosed in the US, there’s a prospect for recovery, but for Palestinian refugee women living in Lebanon, a breast cancer diagnosis is almost certainly a death sentence.

Recurring violence and movement restrictions make it very difficult for many Palestinian refugees to access adequate health care. But for those living in Lebanon, the challenges are nearly insurmountable. In Lebanon, Palestinian refugees are granted only limited Lebanese citizenship status. This makes finding meaningful employment nearly impossible and prevents most from being able to afford health insurance. Currently, 95 percent of refugees in Lebanon cannot afford healthcare, making specialized treatment and extended hospital stays impossible.

For refugee women in Lebanon, life-threatening diseases like breast cancer go undetected and untreated. Sadly, most women don’t survive.

Over half the refugee women in Lebanon diagnosed with breast cancer are under the age of 50, meaning most of their children will face growing up without a mother. Let’s break this cycle of despair.

Breast cancer does NOT have to be a death sentence. With early detection and appropriate treatment, refugee women in Lebanon can beat this disease and go on to live long and healthy lives.

Please show them that they deserve a fighting chance by supporting AFU’s groundbreaking campaign to promote breast cancer awareness, screening, and treatment in Lebanon.

For only $50.00 you can provide one refugee woman in Lebanon with the appropriate breast cancer screening and potentially save her life.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and during this time of heightened awareness, we ask that you please give the refugee women of Lebanon and their families hope for tomorrow. Breast cancer doesn’t care if these women are refugees, but we know you care. Please show your generosity and compassion by making a tax-deductible donation today.

With great thanks,

Abby Smardon

Acting Director
American Friends of UNRWA


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