Emiratis may be required to have colonoscopies

24 July 2010

The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is considering making colonoscopies mandatory for all Emiratis in an effort to cut deaths from colorectal cancer, The National has reported. The authority has launched a pilot scheme at the Bani Yas Health Centre in Wathba to determine how frequent screening should be carried out. It would be the emirate's second mandatory cancer screening programme. Since last year, all Emirati women older than 40 have been required to be screened for breast cancer in order to renew their Thiqa health insurance cards.

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