Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Medicine and modesty

Newsday asks, but doesn't really answer, "whether modesty among Jewish women might discourage breast cancer screenings."
One of the bases of the researcher's hypothesis was the idea that "relatively few Israeli women participated in breast screening programs, most likely because the procedure is thought to violate Orthodox rules of modesty by requiring a woman to disrobe and have physical contact with a technician. " While this is certainly a factor (as it is in other religious communites, as we've noted before), I would argue that simple lack of awareness -- partially for cultural reasons as well -- is just as important.

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