Breast cancer cases treated at the Hamad Medical Corporation has increased by more than fifty percent during the past few years. It has increased from 70 to 161 between 2004 and 2011 with a total of 948 positive cases.
“Patients are mostly above the age of 45 and main reasons to find more cases is increasing population, advanced diagnosis system and early screening,” said Dr Salha Bujassoum, Medical Oncologist-Hematologist at Hamad Medical Cooperation, and Director of the Breast Screening Clinic, speaking to the media yesterday at the Medical City.
“Majority of these patients are directed by the Primary Health Care centres or private clinics after detecting a risk for breast cancer,” Dr Bujassoum explained.
Also since 2008 to August this year 2,922 women have come to the Breast Screening Clinic and one third of them were Qataris.
“Among them 23 have been diagnosed for breast cancer but at an early stage,” said Dr Bujassoum. She also explained that the prevalence of breast cancer among men is at two percent as per international statistics.
At the Breast Screening Clinic a person’s health records will be assessed and followed with a mammogram or ultrasound if needed. If the result is positive the patient will be directed for further investigation and treatment. Methods of treatment differ as surgical, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy depending on the patients need.
“We treat cancer in multi disciplinary and according to the patient’s age, stage of cancer and other health conditions,” said Dr Bujassoum.
“Some patients go to private clinics for treatment even though we have all facilities and new technology introduced,” she said.
The Breast Screening Clinic generally do check ups for people above 40 years of age, however, a person with doubtful symptoms will be referred for a generic screening and other examinations will be followed if the person is in risk of getting beast cancer.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics published in 2008, the breast cancer mortality rate in Qatar was 12.9/100,000. According to a recent study by the Qatar National Research Fund based on 1,063 Arab women, above the age of 35, living in Doha, Al Wakrah and Al Khor, there’s a very low participation rate in breast self-examination and clinical breast test. Coinciding with the Breast Cancer Awareness Day, HMC will hold an educational programme at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on October 20, for healthcare workers and women.
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