Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer awareness posters are to be plastered around Israeli cities with large ultra-Orthodox populations for the first time, despite still being considered “immodest” by some rabbis.

Charedi all-women union U’Bizchutan hopes the initiative will help address the late detection and treatment of breast cancer in the Charedi community, after the Israel Cancer Association raised the issue.

Until now, Charedi newspapers, magazines and radio shows have refused to discuss breast cancer because doing so would be deemed “immodest” by rabbis, but leaders of the women’s group hope that the poster campaign in Jerusalem, Beitar Illit, Elad, Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh will help break through a barrier.

“It’s incomprehensible that [rabbis’] modesty consideration exceeds the consideration for saving lives,” said U’Bizchutan spokeswoman Ruth Colian. “I know that some people may not like it, but if it can save lives, it’s worth every effort.”