Brest Friends was established in 2005 by Dr Houriya Kazim, the UAE’s first female surgeon, with the mission to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer in the United Arab Emirates.
Brest Friend’s mission is to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer, funding screening programs, and offering support for breast cancer patients and their families by removing such barriers as limited or no health insurance, lack of transportation and childcare or language and cultural differences. Further, we aim to fund and facilitate research into breast cancer epidemiology in the region.
For the last 10 years, Brest Friends has run the only breast cancer support group in Dubai. This is a support group for breast cancer patients and survivors, which meets once a month and has been successful in providing breast cancer patients and survivors with a nurturing and supportive environment since 2005.
Many women with breast cancer gain a lot of benefits from joining the support group. People in the support group can expect to both learn more about their cancer and get new ideas from others who have “been there, done that.” Cancer survivors help new patients know what to expect and what situations to avoid. Sometimes only the cancer survivor will have that perfect little “tip” that ends up making a big difference in how you get through the cancer experience.
In 2015, Brest Friends partnered with Al Jalila Foundation to promote early detection of breast cancer, facilitate medical treatment and, most importantly, set up and fund locally-based research into the epidemiology of breast cancer in the UAE and the region.