Kuwait National Mammography Screening Program (KNMSP)

What is the Kuwait National Breast Screening Program (KNMSP)?

The Kuwait National Breast Screening Program (KNMSP) is a program of Cancer Care in Kuwait. It provides top quality breast screening service for women 40 years of age and above.

What is breast screening?

Regular examination of a woman’s breasts finds breast cancer early. It includes Mammography of the breasts and physical examination of breasts by a doctor.

Breast cancer screening program recommendation:

1. Screening Mammography:

  • Women who are 40 years and above with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer.
  • Women who are at higher risk for breast cancer
  • Women with no prior history of breast cancer
  • Did not have a Mammography in the last 12 months
  • Does not have breast implant

2. Clinical Breast Examination by a Doctor

  • Women age 20 - 39 years: every 3 years
  • Women age 40 years and above: every year

3. Self-Breast Examination (SBE):

It is no longer a recommendation from the world health organization and it is optional for the lady to do it. If you want to do SBE learn from a qualified health care provider and do breast self- examination every month

  • Pre-Menopausal: at day 8 of the menstrual cycle
  • Post- Menopausal: at 1st day of each month

If you have worrying signs or symptoms of breast cancer you should go to a physician for immediate attention.

KNMSP provides:

  • High-quality Mammograms in recognized sites;
  • Information and instruction on how to do breast self-exam
  • set up extra tests or referrals for hospitals if the results suggest that they are needed

What is a Mammogram?

  • A Mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breast. The X-ray can find changes in the breast, even when the changes are too small to feel or see.
  • Usually, 2 X-ray pictures are taken of each breast.
  • The breast is positioned between 2 plastic plates while in standing position.
  • In order to see breast tissue well, pressure is placed on the breast for a few seconds while the x-ray is being taken.
  • Mammograms are done by a specially trained X-ray technologist called a mammographer.

What is a Screening Mammogram?

A Screening Mammogram is a quick and easy way to detect breast cancer early in women with no symptoms of breast cancer.

Why to have a screening Mammogram?

  • In Kuwait, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.
  • As women get older the chance of getting breast cancer rises.
  • Mammograms can help to find small breast cancers before there are signs and symptoms.
  • If breast cancer is found at an early stage, there is a high rate of successful treatment.
  • As well, for many women, finding cancer early may allow for more treatment options, such as breast conserving surgery or less aggressive treatment.

When should women have screening Mammograms?

  • In Kuwait, it is recommended that women aged 40 and older have a screening Mammogram, generally every year.
  • Evidence shows that women aged 40-69 years benefit most from regular Mammograms.
  • Go for screening when you do not have any breast problems.
  • If you are ever worried about any breast problem, see your doctor.

What questions will be asked on Mammogram day?

Questions regarding your past medical history and family history.

What does it mean if more tests are needed?

  • About one out of ten women will need more tests because their Mammogram is not clearly normal.
  • The KNMSP will help set up these tests. Nine out of ten women needing more tests will not have breast cancer.
  • In most cases, the follow-up tests are either special Mammography views and/or breast ultrasounds.
  • Sometimes, other procedures such as biopsies are needed.

Are Mammograms Safe?

Yes. Mammograms are done using low dose radiation.

What will happen during the Mammogram?

  • You will stand in front of an X-ray machine specially designed for Mammograms.
  • The technologist will position your breast between two plates that will press down to flatten the breast.
  • This allows the technologist to get a clear picture of your breast with the lowest dose of radiation.
  • You will feel some pressure on your breast, but only for a few seconds while the Mammogram is being taken. This pressure does not harm your breast tissue.
  • Four X-ray pictures will be taken, two of each breast.
  • The technologist will review the pictures to make sure they are of good quality. If needed, she will take extra pictures.
  • If you feel pain during the X-ray, tell the technologist. She may be able to adjust the pressure. The two of you can work together so you are as comfortable as possible.

What to do to prepare for Mammogram?

  • Wear a two-piece outfit so you will only have to remove your top.
  • Do not use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts. These products can appear on Mammogram as calcifications.
  • If you think you might need help in understanding information, you can ask a family member or friend to come to the appointment with you.
Target Women

Who is eligible for a screening Mammogram?

Women are eligible if they:

  • Age is 40 - 69 years
  • Have not had a Mammogram within the past 12 months
  • Do not currently have any breast problems
  • Do not have breast implants
  • Have never had breast cancer
  • Are not pregnant or breast feeding

Women who are above 69 can have Screening Mammography as recommended by their family doctor.

Contact Us

How to make an appointment at the KNMSP?

Women aged 40 and older can call to make their own appointment at 24620989

Note: Please do not schedule your Mammogram for the week before your menstrual cycle if your breasts are usually tender during this time. The best time to schedule your Mammogram is day 5- 10 of the 1st day of the menstrual cycle.

Where to go to have a Mammogram?

Any of the 5 sites allocated for screening Mammography, which are

  • Shaikhan Al-Farsi and Shereefa Al-Awadi Health Center in Al-Surra
  • South Khaitan Health Center
  • Al-Zahra Health Center
  • Al-Naeem Health Center
  • Al-Equila Health Center

Women who are above 69 can have Screening Mammography as recommended by their family doctor.

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