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Posted On: 29 September 2016 06:59 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:16 pm

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: It's time to "think pink"

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The month of October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Qatar has taken certain measures in the campaign, promoting the cause and offering valuable information to women on awareness and early detection of both breast and bowel cancer.

Screening Campaign

“Screen for Life” is a screening program being conducted by Qatar’s National Cancer Program and is being led by the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC). The PHCC offers a range of healthcare services.

Screenings are offered for free around Doha and are recommended particularly for women between the ages of 45-69, according to Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) National Guidelines. Screening for breast cancer is very important. The earlier the detection, the larger the chances for survival. The MoPH recommends that screening be done every three years.


Screening centers have been opened in healthcare centers such as Al Wakra, Leabaib, and Rawdat Al Khail, and is also available in the form of a Mobile Mammogram Screening Unit.

Symptoms, Risks and Precautions

In case you have concerns about the disease, or noticed any changes in your body, you can identify yourself whether or not you have breast cancer.

Some symptoms include:

  • A persistent lump in the breast
  • Lump(s) in the armpit
  • Changes in shape or size of breast, especially if one changes
  • Skin changes on breast or nipple

If you have one or more of the symptoms, you should consult a doctor or physician immediately. Even if you don’t have any of the symptoms, it’s always safer to get a checkup from a specialist.

There are different factors that can increase your risk of breast cancer, such as:

  • A close relative who has/had breast cancer
  • Women with a father or brother who has/had it
  • If you’ve had it in the past
  • Inheriting abnormal genetic markers
  • Dense breasts (can be found out through screening)
  • Having your first child after the age of 30
  • Early menstruation (before 12)
  • Late menopause (after 55)
  • Being overweight
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Smoking

There are also ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Having a healthy and athletic lifestyle can substantially decrease risk; participating aerobic activity in particular. Mothers are encouraged to breast feed their babies for as long as possible; limit your dosage of hormone therapy (consult your doctor); avoid radiation and pollution; control your weight; don’t drink alcohol and don’t smoke.

Support the cause around Doha

Intercontinental Doha the City (ICD) Hotel had their first event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month yesterday. It was a pink themed “tea party” with pink treats, pink drinks, and useful information about breast cancer.


ICD will be hosting a number of different events at their hotel during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some of which include more “pink tea parties” as well as “pink brunches.” ICD is attempting to be a part of the initiative through raising awareness and share educational information about breast cancer at their events.


The Mobile Van, which promotes and conducts screenings, will also be around Doha during October. It will offer information and spread awareness and can be found at Ezdan Mall, Gulf Mall, Villaggio Mall, and Landmark Mall.

Malls such as Gulf and Ezdan will have stands or booths up to share information and promote awareness from October 1 to 17, and Villaggio and Landmark from October 16 to 31. There will be a lecture at the Al Khor Housing Community on October 8 where a panel of experts will discuss the importance of early screening. On October 15, the Qatar National Library booth at the Student Center will also have a presentation about spreading awareness. There will also be a two-day conference on October 28 and 29, led by the Qatar Cancer Society, which will house a number of different speakers as well as updates and information on the disease and prevention.

There are many other organizations that support the cause around Doha as well, so keep an eye out to contribute and offer your support to these events!

What events will you be going to for Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Comment below!