Cancer screening is now more accessible than ever. By Dawn Chen
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You don’t have an excuse to skip cancer screening anymore. As of November 14th, 2015, Singapore now has our very own mammogram facility, which will serve as a one-stop cancer screening centre for breast cancer, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer. Opened by the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), the new mammogram facility is located at Bishan Junction 8’s office tower, and will offer a comprehensive range of cancer screening services.
In particular, breast cancer screening offered at the mammogram facility is covered under the Singapore Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) Screen for Life initiative. According to a statement by the SCS, this means that “Singaporean women with a Health Assist card will be able to enjoy a S$50 subsidy for a screening mammogram performed at SCS’s mammogram facility, with SCS further providing a financial assistance of $50. This will enable eligible Singaporean women to benefit from the screening mammogram at no cost.” To qualify for the fully-paid mammogram screenings, Singaporean women aged 50 and above must meet the following criteria:
•Have a valid Health Assist card (orange or blue)
•Are due for screening mammogram (i.e. have not undergone a mammogram screening in the last 24 months)
•Do not have breast cancer symptoms such as breast lumps or blood-stained nipple discharge
•Have stopped breast feeding for the past six months
•Do not have breast implants
If you meet the above criteria and would like to schedule an appointment, you can call 6499-9133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the new facility, click here.
According to the Singapore Breast Cancer Foundation, mammograms are currently the most reliable way to detect breast cancer, and can help to detect and spot lumps that can’t be felt by the hand. Early detection of breast cancer also greatly improves the odds of recovery, so it’s best to get screened regularly. If you’re unsure of what to expect during mammograms, here’s a guide to prepare you for it and minimise the discomfort you feel during the procedure.