When Nagima Plokhikh was diagnosed with breast cancer, she insisted on having an operation. But the cancer spread, Nagima had to have more and more operations, and the experience changed her life. Confounding her doctors’ predictions, Nagima survived and set up the Healthy Asia Foundation to help other women cancer sufferers in Kazakhstan survive too. Kazak women are often reluctant to be tested for cancer, scared of being left by their husbands or losing their jobs. Nagima has introduced screening in offices and factories and is now working with the trade unions campaigning for statutory paid time off work for women receiving treatment.