In an attempt to encourage women to take the mammogram test, Singapore offers free cancer screening. Government health officials have declared for the press that the program is destined for women between 50 and 60 who haven’t considered breast cancer screening.
Hence, women over 60 that have into possession either the blue or the orange card issued by the Community Health Assist Scheme, can now go an schedule an appointment at the nearby cancer clinic, in order to submit for a free breast cancer examination. The same ministry has declared that the examination fee of 50 dollars will be fully paid by the Singapore Cancer Society.
The program will be in effect for three years, and after this period, a reexamination will ascertain if an extended period of financial reimbursement should be instated. One of the official spokespersons from the Singapore Cancer Society stated that the program itself takes into account women with low to middle income, who haven’t submitted themselves to the procedure. The program is encourage in making them come and submit to an early breast cancer screening.
For those who are interested in the program, you can go and visit the SCS clinic, situated on the sixth floor, in Bishan. Look for a big office tower and go to Junction 8.
From the beginning of the program, nearly 500 women have been screened for breast cancer. But SCS wants to aim even higher. Their goal for this year alone is to screen approximately 2000 eligible candidates.
Most of the women involved in this project said that the reason why they have taken their time in coming to the center is because the program is free and the distance is convenient. One of the doctors working for the SCS offered an exclusive interview to the press in which she explained why women are so reluctant in making an appointment.
Doctor Amy Khor said that she had a hard time convincing her patient’s to undergo the procedure. Most of them didn’t find the time to swing by the clinic, while others were afraid to take the procedure. Khor also added that patients are not afraid by the thought of undergoing the procedure, but by the screening itself. She explained that most of them considered mammograms to be very painful.
The doctor took her time in explaining the procedure to each patient and to assure them that the pain is temporary and will subside after the 15-minute examination.