The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), the lead of the national Breast and Bowel Screening Programme, ‘Screen for Life’, is continuing its drive to engage with communities across Qatar on the benefits of early screening.

Throughout November, the ‘Screen for Life’ programme will be participating in a number of outreach activities across the state through lectures, workshops and presentations.

A packed schedule of engagement lectures have been arranged with a number of leading companies, communities and institutions across Qatar, including independent schools, Expat Woman community, W Doha Hotel & Residences, Canon Office Imaging Solutions, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar and HSBC and others.

Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, Cancer Programme Manager, PHCC, said:

It is vitally important that we continue our efforts in spreading awareness among the larger community about the benefits of early screening and dedication can have on one’s health. Through the dedicated and tireless work achieved by the ‘Screen for Life’ team throughout the year we are maximising our reach and ensuring that we have as great of an impact on the health of the community as possible.’

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Those continued efforts coincide with the programme’s November campaign which aims to raise awareness among Qatar community. A key focus as part of its support for the campaign will be targeting Qatar’s male and female population encouraging bowel screening.

Furthermore, the Mobile Screening unit will continue visiting various health centres and organisations throughout the year. The schedule for the month of November will cover Madinat Khalifa and Al Sheehaniya Health Centres, Fahad Bin Jassim Kidney Centre in ​Hamad Medical Corporation and the Commercial Bank of Qatar, offering mammogram screening services to eligible women on pre-appointment basis.

PHCC encourages women aged between 45 – 69 years who do not present any breast cancer related symptoms, to undertake breast cancer screening every 3 years and men and women aged between 50 – 74 who do not present any bowel cancer related symptoms to undertake bowel cancer screening on an annual basis.

Men, and women, should call PHCC’s dedicated call centre number, 800 1112, to arrange for an appointment in advance to avoid waiting times.