HMC launches Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

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HMC staff involved in various activities across Qatar to raise awareness of breast cancer.

As part of the Breast and Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, the Breast Cancer Clinic and the Gynaecological Department at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) recently held the Second Breast and Oncology Cancer Conference. 

The conference, which was attended by over 400 local, regional, and international healthcare professionals, focused on improving the quality of cancer care for patients with breast and gynaecological cancers and highlighted advances in imaging methods, new treatments and techniques, and quality improvements in patient care. 

Dr. Salha Bujassoum, Senior Consultant at NCCCR, Director of the Breast Cancer Program at HMC, and Chair of the Conference Organising Committee said the annual conference is significant because it encourages collaboration between the breast and gynaecological teams at HMC. She said it is also an important platform for local and international physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals from related disciplines to engage in meaningful dialogue.

“Cancer is a disease that can be incredibly challenging for those affected, which includes family members. It presents a burden for our country as the incidence rates are increasing – 86 percent of the population in Qatar knows someone who has had cancer, such as a friend or family member.  For this reason, the opportunity to discuss how we may be able to collectively improve cancer care services in Qatar is vital to the development of better services and improving the health of the population,” said Dr. Bujassoum. 

Dr. Bujassoum said improvements in care for breast cancer patients were highlighted throughout the conference, including many new breast imaging tools that have been introduced to enhance the ability to diagnose early-stage breast cancer. 

 

Dr. Hind El Malik, Senior Consultant, Medical Oncologist at NCCCR and Co-Chair of the Conference Organiaing Committee said the conference is a testament to HMC’s commitment to providing the best possible care to cancer patients in Qatar. 

“Over the years HMC, as the main provider of specialist healthcare in Qatar, has led the provision of cancer services and has made significant advances in identifying, diagnosing, and treating this disease,” said Dr. El Malik.

Source: www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

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