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PHCC launches bowel cancer screening awareness campaign

Latest News Doha 03 Mar 23
PHCC launches bowel cancer screening awareness campaign
Primary Health Care Corporation launches bowel cancer screening awareness campaign.
Event Location
Qatar, Qatar
Start Time
03 March 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 March 2023, 12:00 AM

The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has launched an awareness campaign on the screening of bowel cancer which is one of the most common cancers among women and men in Qatar. This is in association with the Bowel Cancer Awareness Campaigns that are celebrated every March of each year, the

The Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening Program also known as 'Screen for Life' is a lifesaving, population-based program that aims to promote education, awareness and early detection of breast and bowel cancer in Qatar. The program 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. Therefore, on a yearly basis, the program launches a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about bowel cancer and the importance of screening.

This year, the campaign launched under the title "Preventable, Treatable, Curable" is a reminder to all the women and men in Qatar about the importance of screening, through which bowel cancer can be detected at an early stage. When detected at an early stage, bowel cancer is treatable and the chances of getting cured reach up to 90 percent. The key to the prevention of bowel cancer is through a healthy lifestyle and periodic screening which is done through Screen For life program.

Throughout March, the 'Screen for Life' team will be actively doing different activities, starting from lectures and workshops, as well as a digital media campaign which includes the launch of a social media competition on PHCC's Instagram account. In addition to this, Screen for Life, through PHCC will be collaborating with its program ambassadors and social media influencers to promote bowel cancer awareness and the importance of screening.

The month-long campaign is aimed at educating the public about the importance of early detection of bowel cancer and promoting getting screened with a free bowel test which is known as the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT test) offered to all women and men in Qatar aged between 50-74 years, showing no symptoms related to bowel cancer and who did not have bowel cancer screening done in the last two years or any colonoscopy within the last 10 years to do the bowel cancer screening.

Bowel cancer screening test (FIT test) is a home screening test in which the participant takes 3 stool samples over one week and submits them afterward to the nearest health center. Bowel cancer screening service is accessible either through a face-to-face consultation or a phone consultation. Either way, the process starts by confirming the participants' details and eligibility criteria with the cancer screening team. Then, the team will guide the participant on how to perform the test at home. It is worth mentioning that the home delivery service was reactivated recently after the acceptance shown during its initial activation during Covid 19 pandemic. This service is particularly available to those who have previously completed their screenings, including the elderly, people with special requirements, and those who cannot attend in person due to far distance.

The Breast and Bowel cancer screening suites are available in four different health centers across Qatar: Al Wakrah, Rawdat Al Khail, Muaither and Laibeib. All these clinics are fully equipped with the highest technology and well-trained professional team.

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