Sidra Medicine, a member of Qatar Foundation, has launched a Cervical Screening Clinic.
The clinic offers cervical screenings which can detect abnormalities and identify the need for treatment. Services include Pap tests, which check for cell changes in the cervix caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The Clinic also offers HPV vaccinations to all eligible women and has embedded a system that will notify a patient when they require a follow up test.
Dr Osman Ortashi, senior attending physician overseeing the Cervical Screening Clinic said, “HPV in women can cause several types of infections and in severe cases, cervical cancer, which can lead to mortality. Recent statistics indicate that only 17.2% of women in Qatar are screened for cervical cancer, and unfortunately 12 of 19 cervical cancer cases from 2018 resulted in death. People can be infected with HPV for years, before they experience any symptoms of infection. This is why women should get regular cervical screenings which will allow for early detection of any changes in the cervix. Treatment in the early stages have a very high success rate.”
The Cervical Screening Clinic is staffed by internationally trained female nurses and physicians who also support patient education about cervical screenings and cervical cancer. The clinic offers appointments directly within seven business days and does not require a referral.
Women should be screened for cervical cancer every three years from ages 21 to 49, and every five years from ages 50 to 64. Patients married for more than three years and not yet aged 21 are also eligible.