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Free cancer screening for 50-year-old citizens

Singapore citizens who turn 50 this year can receive free cancer screening tests sponsored by the Singapore Cancer Society.

SINGAPORE: Singapore citizens who turn 50 this year can receive three free cancer screening tests.

The announcement came as the Singapore Cancer Society marked its 50th anniversary on Tuesday on World Cancer Day.

The free screenings, sponsored by the organisation, came under a year-long project to promote regular cancer screening among older Singaporeans.

Called FIT50, the project is in collaboration with the Health Promotion Board, SingHealth Polyclinics, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics and Parkway Health Radiology.

The free screenings cover pap smears, mammograms and tests to detect colorectal cancer.

Those eligible for the free screenings will be informed by a letter of the screening centres they can visit from March.

The Singapore Cancer Society has also committed S$10 million to develop its hospice care service through offering counselling, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and bereavement services.

It aims to triple its capacity to serve up to 1,000 patients a year within the next three to five years.

Choo Eng Chuan, chairman of Singapore Cancer Society, said: "At any one time, we serve about 80 to 100 patients at home. We want to take care of them before their next journey. We want their loved ones to know they are taken care of."

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