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1.    Breast Cancer Screening;  Mammogram

Check Eligibility

You are eligible  for screening mammogram , if you are

  1. 40 years above
  2. Had previous screening mammogram not less than 2 years
  3. Not pregnant
  4. Currently  not breast feeding

Payment for screening:  check your health insurance plans.  

Be prepared
In the morning of the exam; make sure to take along to your mammogram appointment your Thiqa card and the clinic / hospital card (if available). It is advisable to take a bath.  Wear a shirt that you can take off easily. Don’t use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion on your underarms or breasts as these may affect the image quality. If you have had a mammogram before at a different facility, obtain and bring your past X-rays with you.

Know what to expect
You will be called by a female radiographer. She will ask you to undress to the waist and show you how to stand close to the machine. In order to visualize the breast tissue and obtain high quality images, your breast will be held between special plates for a few seconds.  This will not harm your breast tissue. Some women experience slight discomfort but it should not hurt. Be sure to tell the radiographer if the pressure becomes painful.

Get your results
A radiologist will look at the X-ray picture for signs of breast cancer or other breast changes. Bringing your previous mammograms makes it easy for the radiologist to compare X-rays from year to year to see if there have been any changes. In the vast majority of women, the mammogram will be normal and you can get the results within 2 weeks. Potential abnormalities are found in small percentage of women who have screening mammograms. This small group of women will need further evaluation including clinical breast exam, further X-ray views, and breast ultrasound or needle biopsy. After the additional evaluation is complete, most of these women will also be found to have nothing wrong.

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If you are under 40 years and you are at high risk discuss with your screening plans with your healthcare provider.

If you have a breast problem at any age, visit your healthcare provider right away.
 

2.    Cervical cancer Screening; Pap smear

Check Eligibility

You are eligible for screening pat test, if you are

  1. Married/widow/divorced
  2. Age: 25 – 65 years
  3. Had previous  screening pap test  not less than 3 years
  4. Have not  had total removal of uterus “Total hysterectomy’  

Payment for screening:  check your health insurance plans.  

Be prepared
Many things can cause wrong test results by washing away or hiding abnormal cells of the cervix. So, doctors suggest that for 2 days before the test you avoid:

  • Douching
  • Using tampons
  • Using vaginal creams, suppositories, and medicines
  • Using vaginal deodorant sprays or powders
  • Having sex

Get your results
A pathologist will look at Pap test smear to identify any abnormal cells. In the vast majority of women, the test will be normal and you can get the results within 2 weeks.  Call or visit you clinic to collect your result.

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If you have any vaginal bleeding, discharge or pelvic pain , visit your healthcare provider  right away.

If you are on immune suppressive drugs, discuss your screening plans with your healthcare provider.



3.    Colorectal cancer Screening:

Check Eligibility


You are eligible for screening test, if you are

  • Male or female
  • 40 years and above
  • Had previous  screening test : FIT  test not less than 2 years  or colonoscopy in the last 10 years

Payment for screening:  check your health insurance plans.  

Be prepared

Preparation for FIT
You should not use the FIT if you are bleeding from a hemorrhoid or anal fissure, have blood in your urine or are a woman having your menstrual period or during the three days after the end of your period.


Preparation for Colonoscopy
You will be told to drink clear liquids for a day before the exam like plain tea or coffee with sugar but no milk. Most soft drinks are usually allowed unless they have red or purple food colorings, which could be mistaken for blood in the colon.  Do not to eat or drink anything after midnight. You will need to take laxatives the day before the test and possibly an enema in the morning. Inform the doctor of all medical conditions and any medications taken regularly.


Get your results
In the vast majority of individual, screening tests will be normal and you can get the results within 2 weeks. A positive FIT result indicates abnormal bleeding from the lower digestive tract. This requires follow-up testing by colonoscopy which allows your doctor to look inside your colon. A positive result from a FIT does not always mean that a person has colon cancer.  Call or visit you clinic to collect your result.

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If you have any rectal bleeding,  change of bowel habits or abdominal pain , visit your healthcare provider  right away.

If you are under 40 years and you are at high risk discuss with your screening plans with your healthcare provider.