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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 20 January 2019

Lebanese pop star Elissa to tell of breast cancer battle at Dubai health summit

The singer credited her successful treatment and recovery to early detection

Lebanese singer Elissa will speak about her breast cancer battle at the Dubai Health Forum. Getty Images
Lebanese singer Elissa will speak about her breast cancer battle at the Dubai Health Forum. Getty Images

Lebanese pop star Elissa will tell of her battle with breast cancer during a talk at a health summit in Dubai.

The hit singer is among the key speakers at the Dubai Health Forum on January 21-22.

The 46-year-old - one of the best known Arabic musical artists - stunned fans in August this year when she revealed news of her diagnosis in a music video.

It followed her collapse on stage during a performance in Dubai in February. At the time no explanation was given.

"I've recovered, I've beaten the illness, and I won..." she states in the video for Ila Kol Elli Bihebbouni (To Those Who Love Me), which begins with her undergoing an MRI test and shows actual footage of her radiotherapy treatment.

"Early detection of breast cancer can save your life... don't ignore it, face it."

Elissa will be in conversation with the Emirati radio presenter Ibrahim Ustadi and is expected to tell more of how early detection and successful treatment saved her life.

Among the other key speakers at the event is Omar Al Olama, Minister for Artificial Intelligence, Sir John Chisholm, former executive chairman of Britain's genome sequencing project, which was set up to treat rare diseases and cancer, and Ghassan Hasbani, Lebanon's deputy prime minister and health minister, who will speak about public health in conflict zones.

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