Female Qatar residents aged between 45-69 with no breast cancer symptoms can now register for free breast cancer screening through Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC)’s Screen for Life initiative. The Ministry of Public Health recommends breast cancer screening every three years for women aged between 45—69.
According to Qatar Cancer Registry, breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in Qatar, accounting for 31 percent of cancer
cases in women. The risk for women developing breast cancer in the population is 56 per 100,000. Both women and men can be affected by breast cancer, however breast cancer is widely developed in female rather than male . It is important to note that many breast cancers are treatable and patients can survive if it’s diagnosed and treated early.
Women – or women of any age who have a family history or who have previously had breast cancer – should call the PHCC screening call center on 8001112 to schedule a test, or make an online inquiry.
You are considered at risk for breast cancer if you meet the following criteria:
- A close blood relative (mother, sister, daughter) has had breast cancer.
- Women with a father or brother who had breast cancer.
- You have had breast cancer in the past.
- You have inherited abnormal genetic markers that indicate risk, particularly two abnormal genes: BRCA1 (breast cancer gene one) and BRCA2 (breast cancer gene two).
- You have dense breasts, which means you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue and not much fatty tissue in your breasts. Breast density can be determined through screening.
- You had your first child after age 30.
- You started menstruating early (before age 12) and / or started menopause later (after age 55).
- You are overweight.
- You drink alcohol.
- You have a sedentary lifestyle.
- You smoke.
Asymptomatic (producing or showing no symptoms) women aged between 45-69 years old can make an appointment by calling the PHCC screening call center on 8001112, or make an online inquiry. One can choose between two screening centers – Al Wakrah, Lebaib (near Qatar University); breast and bowel cancer screening services will start in Rawdat al Khail Health Center soon.
HMC health card is a must. Women who are under 45 years old in Qatar can consult their PHCC physician for guidance.