Mobile cancer screening unit celebrates first year of operations
August 07 2017 09:13 PM
The mobile cancer screening unit
The mobile cancer screening unit


The mobile cancer screening unit under the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has marked its first anniversary, playing a crucial role in the national breast and bowel cancer screening ‘Screen For Life’ campaign.

The mobile screening unit had a successful first year of operation, as it facilitated breast cancer screening services for people living in communities that are not within easy reach of the three dedicated ‘Screen For Life’ facilities at Al Wakra , Lebaib and Rawdat Al Khail health centres.

The mobile unit is spacious enough and air conditioned securing high levels of comforts to patients. Highly skilled female healthcare professionals operate the facility’s state-of-the-art equipment offering eligible women free breast screening in total privacy. The mobile unit is also wheelchair friendly for ladies with special needs.

Throughout the past 12 months, the mobile screening unit conducted numerous awareness and screening tours, in both public and private sectors, visiting various health centres, government entities and corporations across Qatar offering breast cancer screening and enhancing awareness levels across the country.

It was also utilised for awareness and screening purposes during high-profile events such as Qatar National Day, Qatar Cancer Society Breast Cancer Conference, Al Khor Housing Community and others, highlighting its versatility and crucial role in the fight against cancer.

“The mobile screening unit has been invaluable in our efforts to reach people with our message, raise awareness and ultimately provide eligible women with free screening,” Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, cancer programme manager, PHCC, said. “Moving forwards, the unit will continue to form a crucial part of the ‘Screen for Life’ strategy and approach.”

In its second year, the mobile screening unit will continue its screening tours visiting health centres, government entities and private companies offering employees to learn more about the unit and discover its benefits, and getting free breast cancer screening to eligible patients, starting with Madinat Khalifa Health Centre, from 7am-3.30pm, Sunday to Thursday.

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