Breast Cancer Screening

Regular breast checks helps detect cancer early which can greatly increase the chances of recovery as well as provide more treatment options.

Breast Self-Examination

Breast cancer is one of the few cancers that can be detected at home through self-examination. It is useful and important when used in combination with regular physical examinations by a doctor, mammography, and ultrasound. The earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances for treatment and survival. Therefore, it is recommended that all women incorporate breast self-examination as part of their routine breast cancer screening process. Here are some easy steps that you can follow:

Breast Self-Exam (BSE) How to do it in 5 simple steps

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system for the examination of breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms and to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge.


Guidelines on Breast Cancer Screening

39 years and below
  • monthly breast examination
40 to 49 years
  • monthly breast examination

  • annual screening mammography
50 years and above
  • monthly breast examination

  • two yearly screening mammography


Mammogram Screening

Parkway Cancer Centre and Mount Elizabeth Breast Care Centre (ME BCC) aim to deliver a smooth, fuss-free mammogram screening experience in a comfortable environment, including a designated waiting area for female patients only. Should there be abnormalities picked up during your screening, you will be referred to our breast specialists for consultation and treatment where necessary.

Our dedicated team of surgeons, radiologists, nurses and allied health professionals work closely to provide comprehensive and personalised care so as to support you through your breast health journey.

The ME BCC is located within the radiologic clinics at both Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

Click here to check your eligibility and to book an appointment.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I do Mammogram without a doctor's referral?

Yes. You could do a mammogram without a doctor’s referral. However, there are some criteria for this screening mammogram.

What are the criteria for screening Mammogram?
  • Females aged 40 years old and above
  • No history of breast cancer
  • No symptoms such as breast lumps, cysts, nipple discharge, etc.
  • No breast implants
  • Not pregnant
  • Has not been breastfeeding for the past 6 months
I'm currently on follow-up by my own doctor for breast problems. Can I still enjoy the special rate?

No. This promotion is valid for women with no breast problem. Please continue to see your doctor.

What do I have to do after receipt of the Mammogram results?
  • The result will have a letter from the radiologist. If your result shows some changes that require further follow up, we recommend that you consult your doctor for further assessment as soon as possible.
  • Mammogram is the most effective method in detecting breast cancer early. At the same time, you should also be aware that mammograms are not always 100% accurate. They can sometimes show false “positive” or false “negative” results.
    A false “positive” result is when mammogram indicates that there may be a cancer when cancer is not present. A false “negative” is when the mammogram does not show any signs of cancer when cancer is actually present.