If you're a Malaysian woman aged between 25 and 70, take note of these free cancer screening tests offered by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN)
For those who are not aware, LPPKN offers free mammograms and HPV DNA tests at Klinik Nur Sejahtera branches nationwide all year long
Under LPPKN's Mammogram Test Subsidy Programme, women who are citizens or permanent residents of Malaysia aged 40 to 70 years old with a household income of less than RM10,000 are eligible for free mammogram screening tests.
If you're below 40 years old, fret not. Women aged 35 to 39 years old with family history of breast cancer before the age of 40 are also eligible for the subsidy through a doctor's referral.
However, if your household income exceeds RM10,000, you can still undergo a mammogram test with a RM50 subsidy.
More info on the Mammogram Test Subsidy Programme can be found here.
Women between the ages of 25 and 65 are also eligible for free HPV DNA pap smear tests, which is performed to detect early stage cervical cancer
How is a HPV DNA test different than a pap smear, you ask?
With a pap smear, cells from the surface of the cervix are analysed for abnormal ones that could turn into cervical cancer. On the other hand, HPV tests detect the presence of two strains of HPV, which is responsible for about 70% of cervical cancer cases. In private healthcare settings, an HPV DNA test can cost up to RM250.
To be eligible for the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme programme, you'd have to fulfill the following criteria:
Both mammogram and HPV DNA tests are available at Klinik Nur Sejahtera branches nationwide
You should also note that the screenings may only be available on select days and timeframes, depending on the branch. You may also be required to make an appointment.
Find your nearest Klinik Nur Sejahtera and Klinik Subfertiliti LPPKN as well as their respective contact details here.
In addition to mammogram tests, you can also conduct self-exams at home to check for signs of breast cancer: