Everyone must know Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, the successful Saudi woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer twice. One of the best internationally and locally influences.
Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi, survivor of breast cancer TWICE, she is one of the inspiring women not only in KSA but around the world. She was awarded the first International Women of Courage Award in March 2007 by the U.S. Department Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in recognition of her unprecedented breast cancer awareness campaign and was honored as the 10 bravest women in the world.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2006 and underwent chemotherapy, there was little media and awareness regarding breast cancer in particular, so Al-Amoudi decided to share her story, and publish articles in which she talks about breast cancer in an attempt to spread awareness and the importance of early examination, which could reduces the possibility of developing serious problems, and saves the lives of many women who may develop breast cancer.
She has also published a number of books related to cancer and the social challenges facing women when diagnosed with it, and her first book was “Break the Silence”, which was published in 2007, in which she documented her personal experience, that is also related to her scientific and academic experience as a doctor, and university professor majored in gynecology.
In 2010, she established the Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Center for Lung Cancer within King Abdulaziz University. During her career, Al-Amoudi also held the position of Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the same university, and she also held the position of an administrative at Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi Medical Center. This is in addition to many other successes.
When she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in 2015, three years after her recovery from the first time, she expressed her experience with the disease in a book entitled “Memoirs of a Saudi Woman”, which she put out after her long, and deadly struggle with breast cancer. In 2016, she also published two books, one of which is called “Girls Empowerment, Healthily and Socially” and the other is “The Rights of Cancer Patients”.
Al-Amoudi’s courage and persistence made her a member of many societies and committees, including the “Saudi Breast Cancer Charitable Society“, and the “Al-Iman Cancer Society”, the “Zahra Association” and the “Al-Qassim Women’s Association”.
In addition to working with many other international organizations in efforts to fight breast cancer, such as her work as a visiting physician at the Alfred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, United States, as well as a member of the Harvard University Breast Cancer Committee.
She also won the position of membership in the ‘Board of Directors of the International Union Against Cancer’ in Geneva back in 2013, and was ranked as 11th in the list of “Most Influential Arab Scientists”.