Immigration department starts recruiting Saudi women

King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. (SPA file photo)
Updated 18 January 2018
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Immigration department starts recruiting Saudi women

RIYADH: Saudi females will be recruited at the rank of private to work in airports and land border-crossing points, the General Directorate of Passports has announced.
Registration and admission applications will be received from Jan. 21 to 25.
The directorate has set some conditions for the recruitment.
Female applicants must be born and raised in Saudi Arabia and between 25 and 35 years old (according to the identity card upon presenting the applications).
They should have a good reputation and be free of any breach of trust and integrity. They cannot be government employees, nor have served in the military field.
Applicants cannot be married to non-Saudis. The directorate will only accept candidates who fall into a specific height range (a minimum of 155cm) and whose weight is proportionate to their height.
They must be holders of a high-school diploma or equivalent, must agree to be interviewed according to the specified conditions, must be medically qualified for the military service and must commit to the specified shifts in any region, province or border-crossing in the Kingdom, under any circumstances.
Any applicant who presents information that turns out to be false will be excluded. The registration process does not mean a final approval. Applicants must attend training even if it is outside the city they work in.


Expert calls for self-examination for early detection of breast cancer

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Expert calls for self-examination for early detection of breast cancer

JEDDAH: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Amel Merdad is providing a helpful guide about the disease to women .
Recent statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that more than 1.2 million breast cancer cases are diagnosed worldwide each year. Breast cancer kills more than 500,000 women a year. The disease ranks second in cancer incidence, after lung cancer, worldwide.
One in every eight women will breast cancer in her lifetime.
The evolution of scientific research and increased awareness have contributed significantly to the increase in recovery rates, as a result of early detection of the disease.
Ten percent of breast cancer cases occur as a result of genetic mutations inherited by the generations in a family.
The incidence of breast cancer increases with age, and it usually occurs after age 40. The average age of breast cancer patients in Saudi Arabia is 48 years and it is so worldwide. Dr. Merdad provided her advice on early screening methods. “Periodic self-breast examination helps women to be aware and familiar with their breasts so they can take care of them, being healthy and not only pretty.
Dr. Merdad added that self-breast examination is to be done once a month on the sixth or seventh day of the menstrual cycle from the age of 20 and forward. “In the case of menopause, self-examination takes place on the same date every month,” she said.
She also gave these useful guidelines:

Self testing
Stand in front of the mirror and look at the breasts to check for anything unusual, such as the presence of lumps or differences in the size of the breasts or the presence of swelling or changes in skin or nipple.
Put your hands behind your head to notice in the mirror for any difference in the lower part of your breasts. Put your hands on your waist and bend forward slightly with the pressure of the shoulders and elbows forward to check for any change in the shape or size of the breasts.
Lift your left hand and use three fingers from the right hand to examine the left breast in a circular way from the outer edge of the breast and in the direction of the nipple, focusing on the area between the breast and armpit and area under the armpit.
Repeat this step with your right breast. Press the nipple gently to observe any abnormal discharge. Repeat the previous steps while lying on your back.

Screening
Age 20-40 years old: Self-examination is recommended monthly. Also check with your doctor every three years. An ultrasound is recommended for the breast examination only if necessary.
Age 40-65 years: Self-examination is recommended monthly and check with the doctor every year. Mammograms are indicated once every one to two years for all women.
More than 65 years: Monthly self-examination and check with your doctor annually. Schedule a mammogram every two to five years.
Dr. Merdad said that taking care of a woman psychologically plays an important role in enhancing the cure rate.
“To all women. Protect your health, have a great life, and screen yourselves for breast cancer,” she added.