Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Subsidies in Singapore

Here’s all you need to know about breast and cervical cancer screening subsidies in Singapore.

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Breast cancer is the number one cancer among women in Singapore, and cervical cancer ranks among the top 10. You can protect yourself by taking active preventive measures to protect yourself against them. Besides being well informed about these conditions, you can protect yourself by going for regular health screenings.


Breast Cancer Screening

Beyond the recommended monthly breast self-examinations, the best way to protect yourself from breast cancer is to go for regular 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 chances of surviving this cancer, lowering the risk of serious complications.

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

Related: Cancer Facts You Cannot Ignore

Subsidy for Mammograms

Under the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) Screen for Life (SFL)[1], women aged 50 years and above can benefit from subsidised mammogram screenings which cost $50 for Singapore citizens, $75 for Permanent Residents (PRs) and $25 for Pioneers at participating locations.

Eligibility for subsidised mammograms 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 bloodstained nipple discharge

  • Has not been breastfeeding for the past six months

  • 50 years old and above

[1]Screen for Life refers to HPB’s screening programmes for cardiovascular diseases and selected cancers. For more information, please visit www.screenforlife.sg.

Tips on Breast Cancer Screening Subsidies

If you are 50 years old and above, you can use your Medisave or the Medisave account of an immediate family member for your 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 the Ministry of Health's (MOH) website.

You can use up to $500 per Medisave account a year under the Medisave500 scheme.

The Singapore Cancer Society offers free mammography services for women aged 50 years and above, who have not gone for this screening in the last two years and have a valid Health Assist card (orange or blue), at their Multi-Service Centre in Bishan.


Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer is preventable through regular cervical screening at the recommended frequency. Women between the ages of 25 to 29 years old are recommended to go for a Pap test while women who are 30 years and above are recommended to go for a HPV test. A cervical cancer screening is a simple procedure where the doctor/nurse gently brushes cells from the narrow neck of the cervix. These cells are then sent to the laboratory to examine for any changes in the cervix for a Pap test and in a HPV test, the cells will be tested for the DNA (genetic material) for the high-risk, cancer causing HPV strains.

Women who are 25 years old and above and have ever had sex should go for cervical cancer screening. If you are between 25 to 29 years old, go for your Pap test once every three years and if you are 30 years old and above, go for your HPV test once every five years.

Subsidy for Cervical Cancer Screening

HPB’s Screen for Life offers subsidised cervical cancer screening at all polyclinics and participating GP clinics.

Screen for Life at Polyclinics

Screen for Life at CHAS GP clinics

Cost

  • Singaporeans: $15 for a Pap test and $22.50 for a HPV test

  • PRs: $22.50 for a Pap test and $33.75 for a HPV test

  • $0, $2 or $5 for a test for PG, CHAS cardholders and other Singaporeans respectively. This includes the cost for the GP consult, as well as the first follow-up visit (if required).

  • $10.25 for Permanent Residents (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 25 years and above

Where

At all polyclinics

At participating CHAS GP clinics


Tips on Cervical Cancer Screening Subsidies

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

Where to Go for Screenings

The following centres offer subsidised mammograms and cervical cancer screening. You are encouraged to call ahead to make an appointment:

For Subsidised Screening Mammograms, call

For Subsidised Cervical Cancer Screening, call

Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic

6275 6443

6355 3000

Bukit Batok Polyclinic

Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic

Clementi Polyclinic

​Geylang Polyclinic

Hougang Polyclinic

Jurong Polyclinic

​Pioneer Polyclinic
​Queenstown Polyclinic

Toa Payoh Polyclinic

Woodlands Polyclinic

Yishun Polyclinic

Bukit Merah Polyclinic

6536 6000

6643 6969

Pasir Ris Polyclinic

Sengkang Polyclinic

Tampines Polyclinic

Bedok Polyclinic

Marine Parade Polyclinic

Outram Polyclinic

Singapore Cancer Society’s screening facility at Bishan

6499 9133

6499 9133


Useful Links

  1. Understanding Breast Cancer

    Learn more about breast cancer, its risk factors, treatment options and mammogram procedures.

  2. Breast Cancer Foundation / Singapore Cancer Society

    All matters relating to breast cancer, from mammogram procedures to public education programmes.

  3. Understanding Cervical Cancer

    Learn more about its risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.

  4. HPV

    About HPV, its link to cervical cancer and HPV vaccination.

  5. Pap Smear to Screen for Cervical Cancer

    Frequently asked questions on screening for cervical cancer.

Do you have any feedback or suggestions?

Please write to us:

Health Promotion Board

Ministry of Health

Contact Information

Screen for Life

Telephone: 1800 223 1313
Email: SingaporeScreenforlife@hpb.gov.sg

Health Promotion Board

3 Second Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168937

Telephone: 6435 3500 (main), 1800 223 1313 (HealthLine)
Fax: 6438 3848
Website: http://www.hpb.gov.sg

Ministry of Health

16 College Road, College of Medicine Building, Singapore 169854

Telephone: 6325 9220
Fax: 6224 1677
Email: moh_info@moh.gov.sg
Website: http://www.moh.gov.sg

National Healthcare Group Polyclinics

6 Commonwealth Lane, GMTI Building Level 7 - 01/02, Singapore 149547

Mon–Fri: 8am–4.30pm
Sat: 8am–12.30pm

Telephone: 6355 3000
Website: http://www.nhgp.com.sg

Singapore Cancer Society (Multi-Service Centre)

9 Bishan Place, Junction 8 Office Tower #06-05, Singapore 579837

Mon-Fri: 8.30am–6pm

Telephone: 6499 9140 (to make an appointment for screening)
Fax: 6499 9140
Email: cancerscreening@singaporecancersociety.org.sg
Email: cs_appointment@singaporecancersociety.org.sg
Website: http://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg

SingHealth Polyclinics

167 Jalan Bukit Merah, Tower 5 #15-10, Singapore 150167

Telephone: 6236 4800
Fax: 6274 9901
Email: SingHealthPolyclinics@singhealth.com.sg
Website: http://polyclinic.singhealth.com.sg


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