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Runners prepare in front of the historic Pyramids of Giza in Egypt on Saturday for an event to raise awareness about breast cancer in the Middle East. The race was organized by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
updated 10/24/2009 10:55:39 AM ET 2009-10-24T14:55:39

Thousands of runners and walkers have participated in the Middle East's first-ever international Race for the Cure to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Saturday's event took place near Egypt's legendary Great Pyramids at Giza and included participants from all over the world.

The event was organized by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and the Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt.

The two groups said in a press release that the incidence of breast cancer is rising in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

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