Doctor having consultation with patient in clinic after cancer screening session.

What is Cancer Screening in Singapore?

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What is Cancer Screening?

Cancer screening can be used to check for cancer in people who do not have any symptoms of the disease. These screenings can lead to early detection of cancer, which is key to better treatment outcomes.

There are different types of cancer screenings, and the specific tests that are recommended for an individual may vary based on their age, gender, family history and other risk factors.

Ultrasound machine in clinic used for cancer screening.

Recommended Cancer Screening in Singapore

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore, these are a few recommended health screening guidelines:

Breast Cancer Screening
Mammogram is recommended for women aged 40 and above
Cervical Cancer Screening
Pap Smear or HPV test for women aged 25 and above
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colonoscopy, Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), Sigmoidoscopy for individuals aged 50 above, or in the high risk group
Liver Cancer Screening
Serum Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP) or Liver Ultrasound Scan
Prostate Cancer Screening
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test or Digital Rectal Exam for men aged 55 to 69 years

However, it is important to note that these are just general guidelines, and if in doubt, you should always consult a doctor. Your doctor may wish to understand more about your personal history and symptoms if any. This allows your doctor to discuss the potential benefits and risks of cancer screenings, and can better assist you in making an informed decision about whether to undergo testing.

How accurate are Cancer Screening tests?

It is important to note that cancer screening tests are not always accurate, and they may produce false positive or false negative results. This means that a test may suggest that you have cancer when you do not, or it may suggest that you do not have cancer when you do. If you have a positive screening test result, your doctor will recommend further diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Where can I do Cancer Screening in Singapore?

In Singapore, cancer screening tests are readily available through the public healthcare system as well as through private clinics. ATA Medical provides a variety of health screening packages starting from $70.

Staying healthy and reducing your risk of developing cancer

While cancer screening tests are an important tool in the fight against cancer, it is important to remember there are also other useful ways of reducing your risk against cancer. For instance, maintaining a healthy weight range, eating a well balanced diet, exercise regularly, limiting your alcohol intake, not smoking and protecting yourself from the sun are just a few ways of reducing your risk to cancer.

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Our one-stop health screening centre has a Chest X-Ray, Ultrasound, and Computed Tomography (CT) scans. We also provide a variety of comprehensive health screening packages for different needs and age groups.

Our clinics are located conveniently in Central Singapore at these 2 locations:

Patient having a health screening review with Dr Jana Lim of ATA Medical.
Post-screening consult of health screening results with our doctor.
Female patient undergoing ultrasound scan procedure at ATA Medical Clinic.
Mammograms & Ultrasound Scans with Female Staff
Female patient getting ready to undergo X-Ray procedure with a male staff assisting with the preparations.
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Dr Leonard Leng of ATA Medical having a consultation session with a male patient.
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