The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) Breast Cancer Screening Bus was on campus at College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) to offer screening for females over 45 years old. Numerous staff members, and students’ family members were screened, which is part of Qatar’s National Cancer Program.
When caught at an early stage, there is nearly a 100 per cent survival rate from breast cancer. One former instructor at CNA-Q, Kim Doucet, knows this well. In 2016 she was screened in PHCC’s bus when it visited the College campus. The results showed that two tiny cancerous lumps were detected in her right breast. At 48 years old, she had never experienced any symptoms or family history of cancer, and she regularly conducted self-examinations.
“If the PHCC mobile breast screening bus never came to campus, I would have never had a mammogram. I would have never has known that I had cancer,” she said. “I’m happy to find the cancer when I did – I’m happy to be alive!”
“At CNA-Q, we want to ensure that Qatar’s population is not only educated, but healthy, happy and productive. Offering breast screening, health and wellness awareness campaigns and recreation activities on campus is part of our holistic approach to ensuring our students, staff and their families are fulfilled members of society,” Dean of Student Affairs, Ms. Kathleen Howard.