Qatar’s Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is leading a month-long awareness  drive across the country aimed at highlighting the importance of bowel cancer screening among Qatar residents to mark the international Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

As part of its goal to provide world-class health services and promote a healthy lifestyle among the population, PHCC’s National Breast and Bowel Screening Programme ‘Screen For Life’ will advise the public about the benefits of early detection and encourage both men and women to book an appointment for bowel cancer screening throughout March.

The campaign will cover all media and will include various outreach activities such as lectures and collaborations with well-known organisations in Qatar. The programme targets asymptomatic men and women aged 50-74.

PHCC Cancer Programme Manager Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha emphasised the importance of awareness and early detection:

Raising awareness of the benefits of bowel screening is an important element of our work. Early detection can significantly enhance cancer survival rates and through this campaign we want to further educate the public about the bowel cancer screening by encouraging them to ask and get answers on all their doubts.’

Through the three dedicated breast and bowel screening centres the PHCC National Breast and Bowel Screening Programme can reach a wider audience. The PHCC call centre also provides an opportunity for people to talk with trained staff and ask questions about the screening programme and ways to book an appointment.

Men and women within the age bracket of 50-74 may call the PHCC call centre at 800 1112 to book an appointment. You may also visit their website for more information on the ‘Screen for Life’ programme.