The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), the main provider of primary healthcare services across Qatar, through its programme Screen for Life, has continued during 2018 its bandwagon of effective campaigns to raise awareness on breast & bowel cancer.
In 2018, a total of 6,917 people came forward for breast cancer screening and 9,185 for bowel screening.
These numbers continue to grow through the dedicated efforts and initiatives of the programme's team.
Screen for Life, initiated by the Ministry of Public Health under Qatar's National Cancer Programme in accordance with the country's National Health Strategy 2011-2016, PHCC once again declared its commitment towards driving its campaigns in full throttle for the upcoming year 2019.
Manager of Screening Programmes at PHCC, Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, said: "Screen for Life over the years, has grown from just a programme to a great movement to change people's lives. As part of our key strategic goal, we have been taking measures to ensure that we create awareness among our fellow citizens on the importance of timely screening of breast & bowel cancer.
"Various initiatives in the form of hosting guest lectures, events, mobile unit activation for mammogram screening and corporate tie-ups have shown significant results in raising awareness." she added.
PHCC has endeavoured to make sure the Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening awareness is spread in Qatar and has succeeded to hold many events and initiatives around this programme.
From lectures to private and public sector, malls activations, mobile unit for mammogram screening activation, and more, all these activities led to increased awareness among the public to start breaking the taboo, and to lead people to take action and care about their health.