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'Screen For Life' concludes bowel cancer awareness drive


Tribune News Network
Doha
'Don't Wait for Symptoms'. That remains the strong message from 'Screen For Life', Qatar's National Breast and Bowel Cancer Screening programme, following a month-long campaign to highlight the importance of bowel cancer screening.
Under the tagline 'Don't Wait for Symptoms', 'Screen For Life' implemented an array of initiatives for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness in the country that because bowel cancer can be a non-symptomatic illness it is paramount to not wait until you feel the symptoms and to undergo screening as a precautionary measure.
The awareness drive included several lectures at public and private institutions, which were attended by more than 200 people. The activities also included booths at three major malls Villaggio, Landmark and Doha Festival City. 'Screen For Life' teams engaged with shoppers to provide information about the programme and offered visitors the opportunity to register for screening at one of three dedicated 'Screen For Life' facilities at Al Wakrah, Leabaib and Rawdatal Khail health centres. Over 250 people registered for screening during the different campaign activities.
The lectures and in-mall booths reminded people, specially men and women in the most-at-risk age bracket of 50-74, of the importance of taking a proactive approach with their health and not to wait before it is too late. The initiatives outlined the benefits of screening in the early detection of cancer and potential to save lives.
The public were reminded that they can carry out the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) test with ease in the privacy of their own home and they can collect their complementary kit from one of the PHCC screening centers mentioned above.
The dedicated efforts of 'Screen For Life' during March resulted in1,129 people attending the clinics for screening and 826 completing screening process by returning the FIT kit and receiving their results. The drive to raise awareness does not stop there.
"The 'Screen For Life' team is working tirelessly in raising cancer awareness and setting the agenda for a healthier future for our country with the support of our partners and across governmental developments, semi-governmental entities and the wider business landscape," said PHCC Cancer Programme Manager Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha.
"The cancer prevention message is getting across and people are taking action, but our work doesn't stop. We will continue to transmit the awareness message to keep reminding people about the importance of a proactive approach to tell them that screening is available now and all-year round, and that there is somewhere people can turn for help and advice."

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