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Magda Hosny Mohammed Ahmed, 53, a breast cancer survivor, is seen in Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 28, 2007. Ahmed was diagnosed with the disease in 2003. She underwent chemotherapy and had her right breast removed. She now uses a bra filled with a gel-like substance or alternately one filled with cotton to hide her procedure. Cancer is still severely misunderstood in many developing countries like Egypt. Ahmed's neighbor became suspicious and ridiculed her when she was diagnosed. "My downstairs neighbor refused to look me in the eye when I told her I had a tumor. She started yelling and said, 'God is great! God is great! May God protect me! Do not talk to me about this anymore, I don't want you to give it to me too!" said Ahmed.
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