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Mammogram

Mammogram helps to detect the early stages of breast cancer, which have no signs or symptoms. When detected early, there are more treatment options and a higher chance of recovery.

Women aged 40 and above are encouraged to go for regular mammogram screening every year (aged 40-49)* or every 2 years (aged 50 and above).

*If you are in your 40s, please seek your doctor's advice on the benefits and limitations of going for a mammogram.

Do I n​eed a doctor's referral?
Screen For Life (SFL) programme

You do not need a doctor's referral and are eligible for subsidised mammogram screening under Health Promotion Board's Screen For Life programme if you:

  • Are a female Singapore citizen or permanent resident aged 40 and above;
  • Have not gone for mammogram screening
    • in the past 12 months (aged 40 to 49); or
    • in the past 24 months (aged 50 and above);
  • Do not have breast symptoms such as breast lumps or blood-stained nipple discharge;
  • Have not been breastfeeding for the past 6 months.
Non-SFL programme

You need a doctor’s referral if you are a foreigner or are not eligible for Health Promotion Board's Screen For Life (SFL) programme.

More info on Screen For Life

Where can I go for a mammogram?

How can I book a mammogram appointment?
What must I prepare before going for mammogram?
  • Do not apply the following on your neck, underarms and chest area as it may affect the quality of the mammogram:
    • ​powder
    • body lotion
    • deodorant
    • perfume
    • ointment
  • Do not wear jewellery (such as drop earrings or necklaces) that may obscure the imaging of your breast area.
  • Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit as you would need to undress from waist up.
What must I bring on that day?
  • Your identity card, work pass or passport
  • Referral letter from your doctor (if you are a foreigner or not eligible for screening under the Screen For Life programme)
  • Invitation letter and/or screening vouchers (if applicable)

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time for registration.

What is the procedure like?
  • Our staff will first ask you some questions about your medical history.
  • A female radiographer will do your mammogram screening.
  • If you are pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant, please inform her before the screening.
  • During the procedure, your breasts will be compressed by plastic plates, which may be uncomfortable. Please inform the radiographer if you experience any extreme discomfort.
  • The whole process takes about 15 minutes.
How do I make payment?

Credit cards (Mastercard/VISA) and NETS are preferred.

Can I use MediSave to pay for my mammogram?

You are eligible for MediSave claims if you:

  • Are a Singapore citizen or permanent resident;
  • Are eligible to screen under the Screen For Life programme;
  • Are aged 50 and above (based on date of birth); and
  • Have sufficient MediSave funds under the Medisave 500 scheme.

You can use your own or your immediate family member’s MediSave for your mammogram screening. The Medisave account holder must be present to sign the Medical Claim Authorisation Form (MCAF) to authorise the use of his/her MediSave.

How do I collect my report?
Screen For Life (SFL) participant
A result letter will be posted to you within 4 to 6 weeks.
Non-SFL participant

Your result letter will be sent to your referral doctor.