Updated: 02/05/2014 02:25

Free cancer screening for Singaporeans who turn 50 this year

Free cancer screening for Singaporeans who turn 50 this year

Singaporeans turning 50 years old this year will be eligible for free cancer screening tests from March till end of December. 

The tests are sponsored by the Singapore Cancer Society under the project, FIT50. 

Speaking at the launch of Singapore Cancer Society's 50th anniversary celebration this afternoon, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, says he's concerned that cancer remains the top cause of death in Singapore. 

"There are many things we can do to reduce our risks for cancer - adopt a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, healthy diet and by staying smoke-free. Today I would like to focus on the importance of making it a habit to go for regular screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. For these cancers, there is good evidence that early detection through screening saves lives, because cancer, when detected and treated in the early stages, has better outcomes."

Three tests will be offered to Singaporeans born in 1964. 

These are mammogram, Pap Smear and Faecal Immunochemical Tests which can detect breast, cervical and colorectal cancers respectively.

Eligible participants will receive a letter informing them of the screening tests and the screening centres they can visit. 

FIT50 is a collaboration with the Health Promotion Board, SingHealth and National Healthcare Group Polyclinics, as well as Parkway Health Radiology.

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