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How much does breast cancer screening cost in Singapore?

Breast cancer screening doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are the subsidies Singaporeans can use to save money on mammogram screenings in 2016.

This article was originally published on 16 October 2015. Last updated on 3 October 2016.

One in every four cancer diagnosis among Singaporean women is for breast cancer, while about 1% of people diagnosed with breast cancer are men. And yet, many remain unaware of the severity of this issue.

Well, the month of October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). You’ve seen the pink ribbons, and maybe even participated in Pink Ribbon Walks yourself.

But how much do you really know about breast cancer? While there are certain factors that might increase your risk of getting breast cancer–having a history of breast cancer in your family, having your first kid after 30 or not having kids, menopause late, etc.– you’re not immune despite being in the pink of health.

Studies have shown that 80% of women with breast cancer did not have any known factors.

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

You can take preventive measures by exercising more, eating right or drinking less alcohol…

Or you can learn about the symptoms of breast cancer and go for regular screenings. Early detection is the key to a better chance of recovery.

If discovered at an early stage, there are a lot more treatment options available to you.

There are three types of screenings you can undergo: self-examination, clinical examination, and mammography.

The self-examination should be carried out by women above the age of 20 and should be done once a month. You can find out what to look out for by visiting the Breast Cancer Foundation page.

If you’re above 40, you should visit the doctor for a yearly clinical breast examination. This can be done at your GP, polyclinic or gynaecological clinic. On top of this, you are recommended to go for a yearly mammography screening if you’re 40 years old and above, and twice yearly if you’re 50 years old and above.

Mammography screening is currently the best way to detect early for breast cancer. It can identify lumps way before they’re big enough to feel.

How Much Does Breast Cancer Screening Cost in Singapore?

Mammography screenings at hospitals cost anything from S$50 to S$200 depending on the facilities.

You’ll probably have to get a referral from your GP, which increases the price even more, considering you would have to pay the consultation fees.

Are There Government Schemes for Mammography Screenings?

Women above 50 can use their own or their immediate families’ Medisave400 accounts to cover up to S$400 in mammography screenings a year, which would cover both examinations that you’re recommended to do.

As part of the Screen for Life initiative by the Health Promotion Board, a mammography screening for those above 50 and haven’t had an examination in the past 24 months will cost only S$50 for Singapore citizens.

You can choose to have it at one of the 16 polyclinics participating. For Singaporean PRs, the cost would be $75.

To get an appointment, you’ll have to book it through the BSS hotline, email them or visit their site.




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6 Responses to “How much does breast cancer screening cost in Singapore?”

  • 杨大大与奶小小:

    recommended to do.
    As part of the Screen for Life initiative by the Health Promotion Board, a mammography screening for those above 50 and haven’t had an examination in the past 24 months will cost only S$50 for Singapore citizens.

    Paying own MediSHAKE or suckUdry,aka “own blood & sweat savings”,one more chee bye say: “cPEEf not people money,pls die,chee bye

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  • LIONS:

    MAYBE AWARE can make some noises on behalf of our womenfolks???

    don’t just diam diam lah.

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  • Neo:

    Lim Hng Kiang: “Save on one hairdo and use the money for breast screening.

    So breast screening cost the price of a hairdo. Simple maths. No? The 70 agreed to it what…

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  • KNN:

    For CHAS card holders:
    S’pore Cancer Society @ Bishan offering FREE mammogram for Sinkie women 50 yrs & older.

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  • RDB:

    Few Singaporeans not know this. So it is worth to note that with Referrals FROM:

    1. Polyclinics you pay subsidized rates up to hospitalization in G hospitals in C Class pay the least for all procedures and treatments. But you don’t get professors let alone experienced professors. Unless you are deemed necessary by Snr. Consultants/Specialist Consultants as you are in 4th death knell or 3rd stage cancer.

    2. Private Clinics you are immediately treated as a Private Patient at G hospitals Specialist Clinics up to admission. If you have unknowingly accepted private Patient status, you cannot claim you were ignorant to switch to B2 or C Class wards! You will be stressed to prove your ignorance.

    3. During Goh Chok Tong’s period as as PM2, PAP had wanted to do away Class C Ward altogether. WHY? Their MEGALOMANIA ELITIST mentality couple with their ingrained self-flattering served their mindset that Singaporeans had arrived and can do WITHOUT C class wards! They damn well didn’t do even any common sense check how many won’t be able to afford. For they had said too that no government can make a people without any poor.

    SEE THEIR MEGALOMANIAC SELF-SERVING & GLORIFYING MINDSET? As once GCT even told Singaporeans to change their mindset to expect PAP G to be able to deliver everything they expect? WHY NOT AS THEY BRAGGED DOUBLE TALK DIDN’T THEY!

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  • RDB:

    @Neo: October 19, 2016 at 10:58 am (Quote)

    Lim Hng Kiang: “Save on one hairdo and use the money for breast screening.

    So breast screening cost the price of a hairdo. Simple maths. No? The 70 agreed to it what…
    Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)

    Lim Hng Kiang was married to my best friend’s cousin. When she died a couple of years ago, their whole family and many other relatives did not do to her funeral wake. Why? Because Lim Hng Kiang is such an arrogant guy. And although my friend and relatives are Hakka and most protective of their dialect people,most didn’t go says a lot what type of chap Lim Hng Kiang is really. As arrogant as Lee Kar Yew now on a fistful of ash with everything of him in the Past Tense. Know that no one respect arrogance!

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