October 2, 2011

SINGAPORE: Screening needy older people to detect key chronic ailments, cancers

SINGAPORE / The Straits Times / News / October 2, 2011

By Fiona Low

Singapore's Health Promotion Board (HPB) has launched a community screening programme aimed at detecting key chronic ailments and cancers for the needy elderly.

Not only will the screenings be made more accessible to seniors, it will also be more affordable - $2 to test for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity, compared to $30 at private clinics
The programme was kicked off at the Whampoa neighbourhood on Saturday, where 150 residents registered to be screened. Besides the chronic conditions, they can also be tested for three cancers - breast, cervical and colorectal. Screenings for breast and cervical cancer cost $30 and $10 respectively, while the test for colorectal cancer is free.


The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has launched a community screening programme aimed at detecting key chronic ailments and cancers for the needy elderly.
ST Photo Chew Seng Kim
 

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