Al Gharrafa Primary Healthcare Centre, in co-operation with Qatar Cancer Society, organised a two-day event to observe World Cancer Day with the aim to promote awareness about the importance of early detection of certain types of cancer such as prostate, oral and breast cancers.
Dr Mishal al-Mesafni, Primary Health Care Corporation’s (PHCC) family medicine consultant, explained why men need to be aware of prostate cancer. “Early detection is the key to enabling better outcomes and potential cure of prostate cancer. Men, over the age of 40 or 50 years and with a family history of prostate cancer, should talk to doctor about testing for prostate cancer as part of their annual health check-up.”
PHCC dentist Dr Adnan Eskander spoke about how patients should check their mouths to prevent serious diseases.
“Mouth and throat are checked for red or white patches, lumps or swelling. Any white or red lesion that does not resolve itself in two weeks should be re-evaluated and considered for biopsy to obtain a definitive diagnosis,” he said.
PHCC general practitioner Dr Ossama Daoud said: “The goal of screening for early breast cancer detection is to find cancer before they start to cause symptoms. Early detection is the means to find an appropriate approach in diagnosing and curing cancer.”
PHCC radiologist Dr Amal Said stressed the importance of screening in breast cancer detection.
“Mammograms can often show a breast lump before it can be felt. They also can show tiny clusters of calcium called micro calcifications. Lumps or specks can be caused by cancer, fatty cells, or other conditions like cysts,” he said.
The health centre in collaboration with Qatar Cancer Society, also organised a charity market to collect funds for investigation study of the disease.
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