Breast cancer is now one of the best understood and most treatable forms of cancer. In the UK, far more women now survive the disease than die from it, with 81 percent of women living beyond five years after being diagnosed.

For women in the occupied Palestinian territory, the situation is far bleaker. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Palestinian women, but as few as 40 percent of those diagnosed may live past five years.

MAP is encouraging supporters to write to their MP to call on the UK government to take action to support patients and healthcare in Gaza.

In our fact sheet, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel highlight the challenges to continuous and effective medical care faced by Palestinian women with breast cancer living under occupation.

Patients contend with restrictions to movement, shortages of essential medicines, and the shortcomings of the health system in the occupied Palestinian territory, all of which leave many isolated and vulnerable on their journey to recovery. Our animation below, shows the particular barriers faced by women seeking treatment in Gaza compared to the UK. Our infographic also highlights these differences. 

Take action

MAP is campaigning for an end to the restrictions and barriers to Palestinians’ health and dignity, and this year is calling on the UK Government to do more to help bring Israel’s 50-year occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza – and the 10-year blockade of Gaza – to an end.

Here are two ways you can help:

1) Tweet your MP and ask them to speak out on breast cancer

Please tweet your MP and ask them to sign Early Day Motion 458, on breast cancer in Gaza. Israel's closure of Gaza amounts to collective punishment and severely impacts breast cancer treatment. You can find your MP’s Twitter handle here.

2) Email your MP and urge action to save lives in Gaza

To write to your MP expressing your concern about Gaza's humanitarian emergency, and ask them to urge government action to save lives:

Email Your MP


MAP's projects help ensure that Palestinian women can receive the care and support they need when diagnosed with breast cancer. Your gift today could help many more women survive breast cancer.


You can also show your support for Palestinian women with breast cancer by adding the Palestine Breast Cancer Awareness Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile.