Submit to Health Screenings

We acknowledge the importance of health screenings but sometimes our schedule does not permit it. If we are free, our money does not permit it. So, we just let things be and go to the doctor if we are uncomfortable or in pain. That is not the best thing to do. We need to get checked every once in a while. The Singapore HPB (Health Promotion Board) is encouraging the public to conduct health screenings because it can reduce if not eliminate complications. It can even save our life. Some people ignore screenings because they believe that Singapore has the best if not perfect medical treatments. When they fall sick, they can simply go to hospitals or polyclinics and still walk out happily.

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That is not a good way to see things. Screening should be considered and it is for everyone. Screenings can detect early conditions that we are unaware of. Early detection means early treatments; if we are treated early, it can increase our chances of surviving. Health screenings comprise of procedures and examinations that can verify if you have a condition or not. Health screenings should be carried out by everyone but it is highly recommended to people with family medical history of chronic diseases and people who are 40 years or older. The Singapore HPB established recommended screenings and its frequency. Here, take a look at this:

  • Obesity: Screening for obesity is recommended for the general population ages 18 years old and above. The recommended screening frequency should be once in every year and the screening test should be the Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • Cervical Cancer: Screening for cervical cancer is recommended for women ages 25 years and above. The recommended screening frequency should be once in every three years and the screening test should be Pap smear.
  • High Blood Pressure (HBP): Screening for HBP (hypertension) is recommended for the general population ages 40 years and above. The recommended screening frequency should be once in every year and the screening test is blood pressure measurement.

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  • Breast Cancer: Screening for breast cancer is recommended for women ages 50 years and above, between 40 to 49 years old and below 40 years old. The recommended screening frequency for women ages 50 years and above should be once every two years. For women between 40 to 49 years of age, the recommended frequency of screening should be once every year and for women below 40 years, they should conduct breast self-examination as often as they can. The screening test is mammogram.
  • High Blood Cholesterol: Screening for high blood cholesterol is recommended for the general population ages 40 years and above. The frequency of the screening should once in every three years and the screening test is the fasting Blood lipids test.
  • Diabetes: Screening for diabetes is recommended for the general population ages 40 years and above. The frequency of the screening should once in every three years and the screening test is the fasting blood glucose (FBG) test.
  • Colorectal Cancer: Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for the general population ages 50 years and above. The frequency of the screening should be once every year and the screening test is the faecal occult blood test (FOBT).

If you are convinced of the importance of health screenings, it is not too late. You should go to your family doctor right away and have yourself checked. You can also ask your doctor about the available screening packages. You can go to hospitals, polyclinics and private clinics. The Singapore HPB also initiated many programmes to encourage and support people for screening. For example, there is Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP), Integrated Screening Program, CervicalScreen Singapore (CSS) and BreastScreen Singapore.

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