Cervical cancer ranks as the 10th most prevalent occurring cancer among women in Singapore1, but it can be effectively treated promptly if detected early. Learn more about cervical cancer and how you can take proactive measures to prevent it.
What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is the growth of abnormal cell in the cervix. If left undetected, these cells may become cancerous, growing and spreading over time to surrounding areas. Nearly all cervical cancer cases are linked to high-risk HPV (Human Papillomavirus)2, a sexually transmitted infection.
Prevention with screening
A Pap test or an HPV test is the most effective way to detect cervical cancer in its early stages. The frequency and type of test depends on factors such as age. The table below is a general guide on how frequently you should go for a pap or HPV test, if you are a women 25 years old and above, who have ever had sex. Consult a doctor for a personalised recommendations and the most suitable schedule for your individual needs.
|Which test to go for
(Pap test/HPV test)
|25 – 29 years old
|Once every 3 years
|30 years old and above
|Once every 5 years
What should I expect from a cervical test?
During a Pap or HPV test, a tube-shaped tool (a speculum) will be gently inserted into the vagina with a small amount of lubricant. As the speculum opens the vagina, a soft swab will take a small sample of cells, which will then be examined for abnormalities to access your risk of cervical cancer.
During this quick procedure, you may expect to feel mild discomfort or pressure briefly. In rare cases, light bleeding and cramping may occur one to two days after the test.
Subsidies to prevent cervical cancer
As participating Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) GP clinic under the Screen for Life (SFL) programme, you may enjoy subsidies for your cervical cancer screening at StarMed.
|Cost for a Cervical Screening after subsidies
|CHAS Green and other Singaporeans
Eligible only for Singaporeans or Permanent Residents above 25 years old.
You may further protect yourself against cervical cancer with an HPV vaccination. Female residents from 9 to 26 years old may enjoy subsidies for the HPV vaccination at StarMed.
Cervical cancer prevention starts with you. Schedule your cervical cancer screening today: Call us at 6322 6333 or WhatsApp 9655 2101.
- Singapore Cancer Society: https://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/learn-about-cancer/types-of-cancer/cervical-cancer.html
- National Cancer Institute: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/infectious-agents/hpv-and-cancer