Journal of Womens Health, Issues and Care ISSN: 2325-9795

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Research Article, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 2 Issue: 3

Cancer Diagnosis: Who has the Right to Know?

Samia Mohammed Al-Amoudi*
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Scientific Chair for Women’s Health Empowerment, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Corresponding author : Samia Mohammed Al-Amoudi
Arab Board OB/GYN, Associate Professor and Consultant, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, King Abdulaziz University, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 140295 Jeddah 21333, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel:+966(2)6408416; Fax: +966(2)6408397
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 15, 2013 Accepted: March 20, 2013 Published: March 24, 2013
Citation: Al-Amoudi SM (2013) Cancer Diagnosis: Who has the Right to Know? J Womens Health, Issues Care 2:3. doi:10.4172/2325-9795.1000108

Abstract

Cancer Diagnosis: Who has the Right to Know?

Saudi Arabia is expected to face an increase in cancer incidence estimated at nearly 350% by the year 2025, presenting a major health burden to the country.This health burden means that many challenges and aspects have to be faced. One of these factors is the critical, but sensitive issue of informing patients that they have been diagnosed with cancer. This is because the subject of cancer in our society is surrounded by myths and misconceptions, meaning that telling a patient they have cancer translates to them and their families as a death sentence.

Keywords: Cancer; Truth; Information; Patients´┐Ż rights; Disclosure; Medical students; Saudi

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