PHCC boosts Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening Awareness with School Activities

Doha, Qatar – April 10th, 2016: True to its continuous efforts at raising awareness about breast and bowel cancer and the life-saving benefits of early screening, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has been working ceaselessly with the launch of new initiatives coupled with events and activities to reach out to a wider audience.

The latest in the series of events was the PHCC visit to two Girl schools in Al Wakra – Al Salam Primary School for Girls and Al Wukair Primary School for Girls. The activities included an informative and illuminating presentation by a cancer screening educationalist. A highlight of the school visit was the preparation of greeting cards, where students wrote endearing messages to their mothers urging them to take care of their health.

Working under the motto of ‘Screen for Life’, PHCC works in tandem with Qatar’s National Cancer Program in accordance with the country’s National Health Strategy 2011-2016. The core objective of ‘Screen for Life’ is to focus on early detection by encouraging women aged 45 years or older with no symptoms to receive breast cancer screening. The campaign also calls on both men and women aged 50 years or older with no symptoms to receive bowel cancer screening through FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test).

PHCC’s emphasis is on preventive and community-based care and its objective is to take this message to a wider audience and connect more effectively with the public. PHCC is confident that with the right strategic efforts it will succeed in raising the awareness of breast and bowel cancer and consequently the general health of the people in Qatar.