SINGAPORE: As part of an awareness drive by the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), 170 participating general practitioners (GPs) will be offering eligible women free Pap smear screenings until Jul 31.
To qualify, the women have to be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents aged between 25 and 69 who have been sexually active at some point and have not had a Pap smear in the last three years, SCS said in a media release on Wednesday (Jun 8).
This is part of the group's third annual Women’s Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Campaign, which aims to create greater awareness of three women’s gynaecological cancers: Uterine, ovarian and cervical cancer.
Statistics from the National Registry of Diseases Office show that uterine cancer was the fourth most common cancer diagnosed among Singapore women in 2010 to 2014, while cervical cancer was the 10th most common.
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital head of gynaecological oncology Timothy Lim said cervical cancer remains the most preventable among these three cancers.
"We encourage girls and young women between the ages of nine and 26 years to go for Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination as well as be regular about Pap smear screening once every three years when they cross the age of 25. We hope more women and their families will come forward to find out more, to be better informed, because early medical help can save lives," he said.
In addition to collaborating with GPs to offer free Pap smears, SCS has been providing Pap smear screening at no charge at its clinic year-round since 1969, it said in the release. These are available by appointment at the SCS Multi-Service Centre located at the Junction 8 Office Tower, it added.