(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Fazeena Saleem |
Screen for Life, the national cancer screening programme, has made a fresh call asking eligible individuals to screen for breast and bowel cancer.
As screening can detect cancer before it has a chance to progress into later stages that are harder to treat, under the Qatar's National Cancer Program, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is making breast and bowel screening available throughout the country.
“To book your appointment for breast cancer screening call 8001112. Breast cancer screening is for females aged 45-69. Bowel cancer screening is for females and males aged 50-74,” PHCC said on its social media handles.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Qatar, accounting for 31 percent of cancer cases in women, according to the National Cancer Registry.
PHCC provides state-of-the-art screening facilities, a team of leading physicians and advanced technical equipment to help reduce risk of cancer through early detection.
Breast cancer screening is performed with a simple, non-invasive exam called a mammogram. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray picture of the breast.
Mammograms are routinely administered to detect breast cancer in women who have no apparent symptoms. In case of any abnormal mammography reading, participant is referred to HMC for further assessment.
The Ministry of Public Health recommends breast cancer screening every three years for women aged 45 and older. However, individuals of any age can contact the PHCC screening centre if they are considered at risk due to family history, a prior malignant or pre-malignant occurrence of breast disease, or a genetic predisposition.
Breast cancer screening service is currently offered by PHCC's three health centres and by a mobile screening unit by appointment.
Bowel cancer screening facility is for men and women aged between 50 and 74 year and without symptoms. The Ministry in its revised guidelines has recommended undergoing bowel cancer screening every two years.
Bowel cancer screening service is provided to the target population by performing a FIT kit test which is used to detect the occult blood in the stool. In case of any abnormal test result, participant is referred to HMC for further assessment.
Bowel cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in Qatar.
Participants can access the breast and bowel screening services through invitation from dedicated breast and bowel cancer screening call centre 8001112, physician referral or self-referral by calling the call centre directly.
To learn more about bowel cancer and bowel cancer screening, people can contact PHCC at [email protected]
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