The Singapore Cancer Society, through its Women’s Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Campaign, has partnered with more than 160 GPs island-wide to provide free Pap smears until 31 July to female Singaporeans and PRs age 25 to 69 who have not had a Pap smear in the last 3 years. For a list of participating clinics, please see here.
The Women’s Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Campaign aims to create greater awareness of uterine, ovarian, and cervical cancer, which are among the top 10 cancers diagnosed in Singaporean women. According to their website, each year, there are nearly 200 new cases of cervical cancer that are diagnosed, and 70 deaths that result from cervical cancer. Last year’s campaign drew in almost 12,000 women who received free Pap smears.
If You Cannot Get Screened this Month
If you’re unable to schedule an appointment this month, you can get a free screening directly through the Singapore Cancer Society’s Multi-Service Centre, which provides free Pap smears year-round.
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8 Office Tower, #06-05,
Mondays – Fridays, 9am – 4pm
Other Free Services
The Singapore Cancer Society provides other free services and screenings:
- Colorectal Cancer Campaign – Singaporeans and PRs age 50 and above can collect a FIT (Faecal Immunochemical Test) kit to screen for colorectal cancer. The kit can be collected year-round at select Guardian and Watsons pharmacies, and at Unity Family Medical Clinic and the Cancer Society’s Multi-Service Centre (address above). The kit is an easy way to screen for colorectal cancer in the comfort of your home that does not require fasting or a change in your diet. Keep in mind that a negative test does not mean you will not get colorectal cancer and that it must be repeated annually.
- Free Mammograms – The Singapore Cancer Society’s Multi-Service also provides free mammograms to eligible female Singaporeans and PRs.
- Free Corporate and Community Talks – As part of their outreach efforts, the Singapore Cancer Society provides free on-site talks at corporate or community spaces. All you need to do is contact them.
- Free Corporate and Community Screenings – The Singapore Cancer Society will also partner with organisations to offer free on-site cancer screening for cervical and colorectal cancer to their staff.
- Financial Assistance – There are 4 assistance schemes to alleviate the financial burden of treatment costs – Cancer Care Fund, Welfare Aid Fund, Cancer Treatment Fund, and Assistance for Children & Youth – for which patients and family members can apply. Eligibility for the different forms of assistance can be found here
As a self-funded IPC charity, (that is older than our nation!), the Singapore Cancer Society, depends on the generosity of its donors and sponsors to sustain these free services. In addition to donating money to them, you can also volunteer your time as an advocate or charity ambassador; they will even help you to start your own fund-raising event. I was recently made aware of their services and campaigns through their flagship event, The Race Against Cancer Run, which was held yesterday at Angsana Green.