Screen for Life Concludes Successful Participation at Darb Al Saai
The Mobile Screening Unit Witnessed High Traffic Darb Al Saii
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), the lead of the national Breast and Bowel Screening Program, ‘Screen for Life’, has concluded its participation at the annual Darb Al Saai. During the period of two weeks, the qualified ‘Screen For Life’ team promoted the importance of cancer screening with the prominent presence of the mobile screening unit who offered on ground mammogram services.
“Our participation has further expanded our awareness campaign’s reach across the community and I am delighted that we have successfully reached out to many visitors to educate them about the benefits of early screening.” Dr. Mariam Ali Abdulmalik, Managing Director of Primary Health Care Corporation, said.
In addition to inviting eligible women to be screened on site, visitors were able to gain further knowledge and information about early screening and initiatives led by the PHCC’s ‘Screen for Life’ program.
Women aged between 45 and 69 who do not present any symptoms, are encouraged to undertake breast cancer screening every three years, whereas men and women aged between 50 and 74, showing no bowel cancer related symptoms should attend bowel cancer screening sessions on an annual basis.
PHCC operates a dedicated call center number, 800 1112, which allows people to contact the team to arrange for appointments in advance at any one of its current screening suites at the Rawdat Al Khail Health Center, the Leabaib Health Centre and Al Wakra Health Center.
About the Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening Program
The Breast and Bowel Screening Program is a life-saving, population-based initiative that aims to promote education, awareness and early detection of breast and bowel cancer in Qatar. Titled ‘Screen for Life’, it is being conducted under Qatar’s National Cancer Program and in accordance with the country’s National Health Strategy 2011-2016, which represents a shift towards preventive and community-based care. The National Cancer Strategy’s key recommendation 5.2 states the need for a population-based cancer screening program in Qatar.
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), a provider of a wide range of primary healthcare services across the State of Qatar, has been given the authority to lead the program. To ensure its effective and efficient implementation, PHCC has tapped the expertise of an international consortium of companies: Fujifilm from Japan, which supplies medical equipment and information solutions; RadNet from the U.S., which performs clinical and operational services; and, Specialized Medical Solutions (SMS), which provides on-the-ground administrative support in Doha.
For more info please visit www.screenforlife.qa
On 20 February 2012, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa AL Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, issued Emiri decree No. (15) on the Establishment of the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), in understanding of the importance of primary health care to the success and well-being of Qatar. PHCC operates 21 primary health care centers distributed across Central, Western and Northern Qatar. Through these centers, PHCC provides services that focus on disease prevention and maintaining population health, as well as on diagnoses and treatment, for the population—from infants to elderly.
For more information, visit www.phcc.qa