The PHCC Hosts Four Weeks of Activities During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Doha, Qatar – 2 October, 2016: During October,
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is hosting a number of activities for Breast Cancer Awareness Month across key locations in Qatar aimed at further raising the profile of early screening and spreading knowledge about it. According to the Ministry of Public Health, among the top malignant primary sites of cancer in Qatar and as per 2014 figures, breast cancer accounted for 17.42 per cent while colon cancer made up 10.55 per cent. As far as the age group of female breast cancer incidence, the ages of 45-49 years showed the highest incidence at 16.2 per cent.
PHCC, the provider of primary healthcare services across the State of Qatar and leads the national Breast and Bowel Screening Program, ‘Screen for Life’, will launch its planned activities with a series of awareness presentations that will span the full month of October. Starting off the calendar of events, will be a lecture at Al Khor Housing Community, followed by an awareness session and a survivor testimonial at Qatar National Library Awareness campaign to be held at Qatar Foundation Students Center. The team will then head to the College of the North Atlantic Qatar for a lecture. All the events taking place during the month will be joined by PHCC’s Mobile Screening Unit, which will be available for women – the majority of the events will offer on site screening.
Throughout the month, PHCC will be hosting Awareness Booths at four of Qatar’s leading shopping malls. During the first two weeks of the month, 1-17 October, a team of PHCC’s specialized liaison staff will be present at both Ezdan Mall and Gulf Mall. For the remaining two weeks, 16-31 October, PHCC will be located at Landmark Mall and Villaggio Mall.
Specialized liaison staff will be on-hand to offer guidance and advice on Breast Cancer Screening, available cancer screening centers, and also showcase PHCC’s Mobile Screening Unit. Concluding the month, PHCC will be participating at the Qatar Cancer Society Annual Conference. During the two day event PHCC will be providing awareness, latest updates and further information.
The Breast and Bowel Screening Program falls under Qatar’s National Cancer Program.
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