Discounted tests for breast and cervical cancers starting today

ST, 19 April 2012

For a year starting today, women can get screened for both breast and cervical cancers for as little as $40 – instead of up to $140. The National Healthcare Group Diagnostics (NHGD), together with the Singapore Cancer Society, is offering pap smear tests for free, and a $10 discount for mammograms.

A pap smear test typically costs about $40, and a mammogram at a polyclinic costs $100 or $50, depending on whether it is subsidised. The discounted tests are part of a three-year-old initiative that has been successful in encouraging women to get tested. Under the initiative, about 2,500 women came forward last year, up from 900 in 2009.

The Singapore Cancer Society provides free cancer services for :

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One Response to “Discounted tests for breast and cervical cancers starting today”

  1. Panama Says:

    This cytological screening test was first suggested by Papanicalaou in 1947 and adopted for use since the 1960’s. The smear is used to reveal exfoliated cells collected from the cervix that may be pre-cancerous or cancerous. If your pap smear is abnormal and you are advised to go for further tests and treatment by your doctor, please do so. If untreated, a pre-cancerous lesion has the potential to become an invasive cancer. The use of the test has decreased the death rate of women from cancer of the cervix. It has also reduced the incidence of women having established cancer of the cervix.

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