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 Community Health Assist Scheme Card (CHAS) Blue or Orange, 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).

  • PRs: Screening test and prevailing doctor consultation rates will be charged accordingly by respective CHAs clinics.

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.

CHAS GP clinics

For more information on your nearest CHAS GP Clinic offering SFL screening services, visit chas.sg/clinic_locator.aspx

Singapore Cancer Society Clinic @ Bishan

For women with a valid Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) card
Tel: 1800 727 3333

Polyclicnics

Call 6275 6443 / 6355 3000 to make, change or cancel an appointment at the following polyclinics:

North
  • Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic
  • Hougang Polyclinic
  • Woodlands Polyclinic
  • Yishun Polyclinic
Central
  • Toa Payoh Polyclinic
South
  • Queenstown Polyclinic
West
  • Bukit Batok Polyclinic
  • Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic
  • Clementi Polyclinic
  • Jurong Polyclinic
  • Pioneer Polyclinic
East
  • Geylang Polyclinic

Call 6536 6000 / 6643 6969 to make, change or cancel an appointment at the following polyclinics:

North
  • Punggol Polyclinic
  • Sengkang Polyclinic
Central
  • Bukit Merah Polyclinic
South
  • Outram Polyclinic
  • Queenstown Polyclinic
East
  • Bedok Polyclinic
  • Marine Parade Polyclinic
  • Pasir Ris Polyclinic
  • Tampines Polyclinic

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. Screen for Cervical Cancer

    Frequently asked questions on screening for cervical cancer.

Contact Information

Screen for Life

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


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