Breast & cervical cancer screening subsidies

Updated: 10 Mar 2016
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In Singapore, breast cancer is the number 1 cancer among women, while cervical cancer ranks among the top 10. You are encouraged to take active preventive measures to protect yourself against them. Besides being well informed, you should also go for regular health screening.

Breast cancer screening

Beyond the recommended monthly breast self-examinations, the best way to protect yourself from breast cancer is to go for regular screening mammograms. A mammogram can detect tiny lumps that cannot be felt by the hand. Early detection, followed by treatment and good control of the condition, can result in better outcomes and lower the risk of serious complications.

Women who are 50 years old and above are recommended to go for a screening mammogram once every 2 years.

Subsidy for mammograms

Under the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) Screen for Life1 , women age 50 years and above can benefit from subsidised screening mammogram which cost $50 for Singapore Citizens (SC), $75 for Permanent Residents (PRs) and $25 for Pioneers at participating locations.

Eligibility for subsidised screening mammogram under HPB’s Screen for Life is as follows:
  • Singapore Citizen or PR
  • Has not gone for a screening mammogram in the last 24 months
  • Has no breast symptoms like lumps or blood-stained nipple discharge
  • Has not been breastfeeding for the past 6 months
  • 50 years old and above
Screen for Life refers to HPB’s screening programmes for cardiovascular diseases and selected cancers. For more information, please visit www.screenforlife.sg.

Tips

  • If you are 50 years old and above, you can use your Medisave or the Medisave account of an immediate family member for your screening mammogram at Medisave-approved centres, including participating centres under HPB’s Screen for Life that are listed in this article. The full list of approved centres can be found on MOH website.
  • You can use up to $400 per Medisave account a year under the Medisave400 scheme.
  • The Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) offers free mammography services for women age 50 years and above, who have not screened in the last 2 years and have a valid Health Assist card (orange or blue), at their Multi-Service Centre in Bishan.

Learn more about BSS and the mammography screening process.

Cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer is preventable through regular Pap smear screening at the recommended frequency. A Pap smear is a simple procedure where the doctor gently brushes cells from the narrow neck of the cervix and sends the sample to the laboratory to examine for any changes in the cervix.

If you are 25 years old and above, have ever had sex or are sexually active, you should go for a Pap smear once every 3 years.

Subsidy for Pap smears

HPB’s Screen for Life offers subsidised Pap smears at participating polyclinics and GP clinics.

  Screen for Life at Polyclinics Screen for Life at participating GP clinics
Cost
  • $15 for Singaporeans
  • $22.50 for PRs
  • $7.50 for Pioneers
  • $0 for test for subsidised participants (Note that you might be charged a GP consultation fee on top of this)
  • $10.25 for Non-subsidised participants (Note that you might be charged a GP consultation fee on top of this)
Eligibility
  • Singaporean or PR
  • Age 25 years & above
  • Singaporean or PR
  • Age 40 years & above
Where At participating polyclinics  At participating GP clinics

Learn more about CSS and cervical cancer screenings.

Tips

  • You can further reduce the chances of getting cervical cancer by getting a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination if you are 9 to 26 years old (for females only). HPV vaccination is Medisave claimable at approved centres under the Medisave400 scheme.
  • The Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) offers free cervical cancer screening for all Singaporeans and PRs age 25 years and above at their Multi-Service Centre in Bishan.

Where to go for screenings

The following centres offer screening subsidised mammograms and Pap smears. Call ahead to make an appointment:

For subsidised screening mammograms… …call For subsidised Pap smears… …call
National Healthcare Group Diagnostics (NHGD) National Healthcare Group Polyclinics
Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic


Bukit Batok Polyclinic


Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic


Clementi Polyclinic


Hougang Polyclinic
6275 6443
6355 3000
Jurong Polyclinic


Toa Payoh Polyclinic


Woodlands Polyclinic


Yishun Polyclinic


SingHealth
Bukit Merah Polyclinic








6643 6969
Geylang Polyclinic

Pasir Ris Polyclinic
6536 6000
Queenstown Polyclinic

Sengkang Polyclinic

Tampines Polyclinic

Bedok Polyclinic

Marine Parade Polyclinic

Outram Polyclinic

Others
Radiologic Clinic (at Health Promotion Board)
6533 2721


Singapore Cancer Society’s screening facility at Bishan
6499 9133 
 

You do not need a doctor's referral to make an appointment.

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