Don’t neglect these cancer screening tests

Even though we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to go for cancer screening tests. Prostate cancer (in the case of men) and breast cancer (in the case of women) are two common types of cancer that can often be picked up in good time for effective treatment. We therefore urge members to go for the screening tests for these two cancers, covered in terms of your Health Screening Benefits. (The Scheme also covers other screening tests, such as a pap smear and colorectal screening, but in this issue we focus on preventing breast cancer and prostate cancer.)

More about a PSA test

The Scheme covers one Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test per male beneficiary per year, and it is advisable to have this done from age 45 onwards.

The PSA test is a simple blood test, so there is no reason for men to feel uncomfortable about going for this test!

More about a mammogram

The Scheme covers one mammogram per female beneficiary every year, and it is advisable to have this done from age 40 onwards.

A mammogram is basically an X-ray test of the breasts to detect problems, such as a lump. Small tumours can be seen on a mammogram far more easily before they can be felt by a woman or her health professional. In most cases a mammogram will be performed at a radiology laboratory.