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Increase in cancer screenings

The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) in Qatar’s National Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, known as ‘Screen For Life’, achieved notable successes in early breast and bowel cancer detection in 2022. According to data published by PHCC, over 13,753 individuals in Qatar underwent screening for breast or bowel cancer in 2022 with ‘Screen for Life’. Among them, 7,918 received mammograms for breast cancer, while 5,838 individuals were screened for bowel cancer. These two conditions are the most commonly detected cancers in the country.

Data shows that the breast cancer screening uptake rate is now 52 percent, while the bowel cancer screening uptake is 49 percent, which is consistent with similar national programmes worldwide. These screenings were conducted either at the three PHCC screening suites located at Al Wakra, Leabaib, and Rawdat Al Khail Health Centers or via the Screen for Life mobile unit. The PHCC screening suites offer both bowel and breast cancer screenings, while the mobile unit offers only breast cancer screening.

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