Updated: 04/09/2014 23:03

$2m more for free breast screenings

$2m more for free breast screenings

There'll be an addition $2 million set aside to provide free screenings for breast cancer for low income women. 

The target is to fund up to 40,000 free screening mammograms over the next five years under the Breast Cancer Foundation's Encouragement for Active Mammograms or BEAM15 for short. 

The foundation's additional funding will supplement existing government subsidies to cover the full costs of screening mammograms for women attending first time screening and rescreens. 

The programme kicked of in March last year with an initial donation of over $300,000. 

Although the fund was originally intended to last for two years, it was fully utilised within seven weeks from the start of the programme. 

Since the launch, more than 8,000 women have been screened. 

Singaporean women aged 50 years and above with valid Community Health Assist Scheme or CHAS cards are eligible for the free screening. 

The Health Promotion Board will work with the foundation to reach out to right target group and ensure that they are aware of this initiative.

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