Cancer Screening

What is cancer screening?

Cancer screening helps to detect early signs of cancer before any symptoms appear.

Early detection of cancer is important because it can potentially save your life. Many cancers, such as breast cancer and colorectal cancer, respond better to treatment when detected early. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed and treated, the higher your chances of making a full recovery and surviving cancer.

If you wait till symptoms appear, the cancer may have progressed to an advanced stage and spread to other parts of the body, making treatment more difficult.

Cancer screening


At Parkway Shenton, we offer cancer screening packages in Singapore that are affordable and customisable to your needs. The types of screening tests you should get will depend on your age, gender, family history, and whether you have risk factors for specific cancers. Speak to your doctor to select a suitable cancer screening package for you.

Recommended cancer screening

As you grow older, your risk of developing cancer increases. If you are at average risk (meaning you do not have any symptoms or family history of cancer), you may consider the recommended screening guidelines below by the Ministry of Health Singapore:

Age Screening for women Screening for men
18 – 24

High blood pressure
Obesity

High blood pressure
Obesity

25 – 39

High blood pressure
Obesity
Cervical cancer

High blood pressure
Obesity

40 – 49

High blood pressure
Obesity
Diabetes
High cholesterol
Breast Cancer
Cervical cancer

High blood pressure
Obesity
Diabetes
High cholesterol

50 – 64

High blood pressure
Obesity
Diabetes
High cholesterol
Osteoporosis
Breast cancer
Cervical cancer
Colorectal cancer

High blood pressure
Obesity
Diabetes
High cholesterol
Colorectal cancer

65 years and above

High blood pressure
Obesity
Diabetes
High cholesterol
Osteoporosis
Breast cancer
Cervical cancer
Colorectal cancer

High blood pressure
Obesity
Diabetes
High cholesterol
Osteoporosis
Colorectal cancer

How do I book a cancer screening package at Parkway Shenton?

You can book a cancer screening package for yourself and/or loved ones at Parkway Shenton clinics or at our Executive Health Screening (EHS) clinics. Find the nearest clinic here or call our dedicated cancer care helpline at +65 6812 3396.

Types of common cancer screening tests

  • Tumour markers blood test looks for specific cancer markers in your blood, which may indicate the presence of cancer.
  • Full blood count measures the levels of blood cells and platelets in your blood, which can help diagnose blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma.
  • Pap smear tests for cervical cancer and is recommended once every 3 years for women between ages 25 – 29.
  • HPV DNA test checks for high-risk, potentially cancerous HPV strains in your cervical cells and is recommended once every 5 years for sexually active women (or had past sexual intercourse) above age 30.
  • Mammogram is the most cost effective screening test for breast cancer. It is recommended once every year for women between ages 40 – 49 and once every 2 years for women between ages 50 – 69.
  • Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the breast and detect abnormalities, such as fluid-filled cysts, that are harder to diagnose on a mammogram.
  • Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) looks for hidden blood in your stools, which may indicate colon cancer. Both men and women aged 50 and above should undergo this test once a year.
  • Colonoscopy detects early signs of colon abnormalities and removes potentially cancerous polyps to prevent colorectal cancer.
  • CT colonography is a minimally invasive test that uses X-rays to examine the inside of your colon and screen for colorectal cancer.
  • Prostate ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images of a man’s prostate gland, which can help diagnose urinary symptoms and detect signs of prostate cancer.

Cancer screening packages

Cancer Screening Packages

  • Basic LifeScreen

  • Comprehensive LifeScreen

  • Optional add-on tests

Frequently Asked Questions

Cancer Screening FAQ

  • How do I prepare for my screening tests?

  • How long will the screening tests take? What should I expect?

  • Are there any risks for the screening tests?

  • When will I receive my test results?

  • What should I do if I have elevated levels of tumour markers?

  • How accurate are cancer screening tests?