Breast cancer awareness month

Get a free screening at PHCC's health centres

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October is the worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness month and according to a report from Qatar National Cancer Registry, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer among women in Qatar. Published by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar, the report reveals it represents 17 percent of all registered cases.

Early detection and increased research into the disease is saving lives, and this October you can help beat breast cancer by spreading the word or getting a screening for at any of Primary Health Care Corporation’s free screening centres.

Though women above 40 are at higher risk, it’s possible to contract it at any age. The good news is, in Doha, the survival rate is almost 100 percent for cases caught at an early stage. “In many cases there are no symptoms, so the best way to detect it is through early screening,” says Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, manager of Screening Programs, PHCC.

The causes are plenty from a close blood relative having it and smoking to being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle.

“There are some risk factors that you can eliminate or reduce by creating new habits and making different lifestyle choices. Others are genetic or a combination of environmental and biomedical determinants,” Dr Shaikha explains.

Women can get screened at any of the three Primary Health Care Corporation screening suites by taking a prior appointment.

“A Mobile Screening Unit which visits different places to offer breast cancer screening to ladies in their workplaces or areas of residency is also available,” says Dr Shaikha.

The screening process is not invasive at al, it is quick, easy and painless. “A nurse will review your medical history, prepare you for the examination and a female technologist will take two X-rays.” You can immediately leave and resume normal activities.

It’s that simple.

The screening at PHCC is free for all eligible women aged between 45 and 69 with a valid Qatari ID and a Hamad health card. Younger women who suspect anything are advised to call PHCC’s call centre (Hayyak) at 107 and request an appointment with the physician.
Free (for eligible women). Until Oct 31. Sun-Thu 7am-2pm (Rawdat Al Khail, Al Wakra); 7am-9pm (Leabaib). Primary Health Care Corporation (800 1112).

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