In Samia's opinion, she has been a cancer survivor since the day she decided to fight the disease.
Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi is a healthcare professional from Saudi Arabia. As a breast cancer survivor, she has encouraged women from all over the world to be informed about the disease and to get regular breast exams. This year, she is also GE Healthcare’s #GetFit Ambassador, encouraging people around the world to exercise, eat healthily and raise awareness to prevent cancer.
Dr. Samia Al-Amoudi is an Associate Professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah (KAU) and a Consultant Obstetrician Gynecologist. She is also the Chairwoman for the Women's Health Empowerment Scientific chair (dedicated to Women's Health Rights). Samia is a renowned professional in her field and is also an inspiration outside of it. In April 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and spread awareness about the disease with an unprecedented breast cancer awareness campaign across her country.
Her experience and openness in spreading awareness about breast cancer resulted in international acclaim; Samia received the first International Women of Courage Award from the US Department of State in 2007. The distinction recognized her breast cancer campaign and her strength of mind in sharing her personal battle with breast cancer to raise awareness across the Kingdom and throughout the Middle East. She was the first Saudi to share her personal battle with breast cancer, breaking the silence to talk about its impact.
This strong and inspiring woman was also honored by her country: among other awards, Samia received the ALMIFTAHA award from Prince Faisal bin Khaled of Asir Region in recognition for her efforts to raise public consciousness about breast cancer, as well as the medal of courage from the Saudi Cancer Foundation in Dammam.
The obstacles facing breast cancer awareness in the Middle East are the deficiency of access to healthcare in rural areas, the social stigmas against breast cancer screening and the lack of awareness about the disease. Her courage as a single mother and healthcare professional undergoing treatment have inspired countless women to change the way they think about the disease. Samia is currently among the top 100 women worldwide who have impacted and changed their society.
Earlier this year, Samia completed her cancer treatment and is now medically classified as a cancer survivor. In her opinion, she has been a cancer survivor since the day she decided to fight the disease.
Samia is currently the head of the Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in breast cancer and scientific chair for breast cancer at KAU, Jeddah Saudi Arabia. She has recently become the first woman from the Gulf Cooperation Council to win a seat at the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) board. This year, she is also GE Healthcare’s #GetFit Ambassador, helping to encourage a healthy lifestyle and exercise to prevent cancer.
Meet Samia Al-Amoudi and learn about her breast cancer experience in this video.