(The Daily Star/Victoria Yan)
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After defeating breast cancer with a double mastectomy and rounds of chemotherapy, 53-year-old Claude Alam felt like a fighter.Antoun, a 28-year-old tattoo artist in Metn's Dikwaneh, was rocked at the end of 2017 when doctors thought her mother might have breast cancer.To have these scars can really be traumatizing," Antoun says.Thus began her research into "3D nipple tattooing," a tattooing technique that creates a realistic image of a nipple for breast cancer survivors, uncommon in Lebanon but more widely available in the U.S. and Europe. In the past year, Antoun has already worked with over 15 women, offering her service via social media and connecting with breast cancer awareness organizations.In 2015, the Health Ministry reported that there were 2,473 new cases of breast cancer each year.In September, another study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization said that 3,219 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed yearly in Lebanon, based on a multiyear average.The report also found Lebanon had the sixth-highest incidence of breast cancer in the world, at 97.6 cases per 100,000, and that the mortality rate shot up past all other countries, at 26 per 100,000 .
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