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Breast cancer is one of the worst nightmare of any woman. To handle it effectively, it should be diagnosed at the early stages.

Regular Breast Cancer Screening is recommended for ladies age 40 years and above.

  • Purpose:
    • Screening & detection of breast cancer.
  • Preparation prior to mammogram
    • No fasting is required
    • No body power/perfume/deodorants/creams to the breasts or underarms (it may affect quality of films/distort images)
    • No jewellery around neck area.
  • During Mammogram:
    • Each breast fits onto a flat x-ray plate.  A compressor will then push the breast down to flatten the tissue.  This provides a clearer picture of the breast.  You may have to hold your breath for each picture.  You may feel some pressure or discomfort, but it is usually brief.

National Recommendations (from Singapore Cancer Society)

  • Mammogram Screening:
    • Age 40 – 49 years – Annually
    • Age 50 years and above – Once every 2 years
  • HPV Test – At least once every 5 years
  • Pap Smear Test – At least once every 3 years

Price (before GST)

  • Mammogram $135
  • Mammogram + Ultrasound Breast $220
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Q&A

  • Should I get a screening mammogram when I’m pregnant?
    • We do not recommend getting a screening mammogram when you are pregnant. You should postpone your screening mammogram until after you deliver your baby.
  • Can I get a mammogram while breastfeeding?
    • When you are breastfeeding, the milk collecting in your breast glands increases the density of your tissues, which can potentially make it harder to find abnormalities on your mammogram.
    • We typically recommend you postpone screening and schedule your next screening mammogram three months after you finish breastfeeding.
    • However, if you are at high risk for breast cancer, or have not had a screening mammography in several years and are above the age of 40, please discuss this with your health care provider because a screening mammogram may still be recommended.
    • If you are breastfeeding and notice a problem with your breast, such as a lump, please make an appointment to see your doctor. They may schedule a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound to evaluate the lump. These tests should not be delayed while breastfeeding if there is a concern about your breasts. If you need a mammogram while you are breastfeeding, please pump or breastfeed your baby about 30 minutes before your exam.
  • Does the mammogram affect milk production?
    • No. The mammogram will not decrease your milk production, and it will be completely safe to breastfeed your baby immediately after you are done with your exam.