Breast cancer screening is your best protection against breast cancer. Learn more about the national Screen for Life (SFL) programme that encourages Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to go for regular health screenings and follow up.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in Singapore today. In fact,
one out of every 11 women in Singapore is likely to be affected by breast cancer. Every year, over 2,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed, with most of them at early stage. Because #healthiswealth #goodforhealth #healthforgood
Breast cancer screening: Prevention is your best protection
A mammogram (breast X-ray) is used to check for breast cancer. You should screen once every two years.
Here is a step-by-step on how to book for a mammogram screening.
1. Find out your screening eligibility
Subsidies for breast cancer screening are only available for
women above the age of fifty, once every two years.
|||Pioneer Generation: The screening mammogram will be $25.|
|||: The screening mammogram will be $37.50. Merdeka Generation (with effect from 1 Nov 2019)|
|||Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) Cardholders - Blue or Orange: You will be able to enjoy further subsidies on your screening mammogram. Visit
chas.sg for more information.|
|||: The screening mammogram will be $50. Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) Cardholders - Green / Singapore Citizens (with effect from 1 Nov 2019) / Singapore Citizens|
|||: The screening mammogram will be $75. Permanent Residents|
The screening can be paid using MediSave at approved centres. Click
here to find out more about MediSave and the list of approved centres.
2. Book a screening
An appointment is required for a mammogram.
Make an appointment at your nearest polyclinics and public/private healthcare institutions.
Schedule your appointment one week after the first day of your menstrual period.
Bring your NRIC, CHAS/MG/PG card and relevant document(s) to the clinic for the screening appointment.
*Please call ahead to check before your appointment.
3. Prepare for screening
On the day of screening:
Wear a two-piece outfit as you will need to undress from the waist up.
Do not use any perfume, deodorant, powder or ointment on your underarms or breasts as this may affect image clarity.
4. After the screening
If your results are normal (do not need to follow up at the hospital), continue to go for regular screening at the recommended frequency.
If your results are abnormal, you will be referred to a hospital to have further investigations done. It is important for you to attend this follow up at the hospital.
Check out our other articles on breast cancer:
Breast Cancer: Am I at Risk?
Breast Cancer: Symptoms and Risk Factors
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Abnormal Mammogram: What's Next?
Breast Cancer Treatment Options