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Introduction

Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in Qatar, accounting for 31 percent of cancer cases in women. The risk of women in the population developing breast cancer is 56 per 100,000 (source: Qatar Cancer Registry). Both women and men can however be affected by breast cancer. It is important to note that many breast cancers are treatable and patients can survive if it’s diagnosed and treated early.

The optimal care of patients with breast cancer is rapidly changing as a result of advances in all aspects of patient care. There is an increasing focus on providing multidisciplinary care for patients with complex diseases such as breast cancer through the use of integrated teams of professionals representing the relevant treatment modalities, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and systemic medical interventions.

Awareness is a very effective tool that can greatly increase a breast cancer patient’s chances of getting it treated, but this action must be taken in the early stages of the onset of symptoms, sometimes even earlier. For this reason, it is extremely important for women to be aware of the causes and symptoms of breast cancer so they are able to quickly seek treatment.

Learning about how to be breast aware will help people understand which changes are normal and which are not.  These pages include valuable information about breast cancer, the risk factors, symptoms, and how to be breast aware. Visitors will also get the chance to learn about some success stories of breast cancer patients, their treatment journey and their victory in their battle with cancer.

HMC’s mission is to provide the safest, most effective and most compassionate care to our population and to provide help and support through early detection and education. The aim is to provide our audiences with the knowledge they need through sharing information about breast awareness, talking about mammograms, prevention, and how early detection can save lives.