Early detection saves lives
What Are Pap Smears?
A pap smear is a simple, painless test that can help to detect cervical cancer. It is able to identify if there are any abnormal (precancerous or cancerous) cells in the cervix.
If done early, pap smears are able to detect precancerous changes in the cervix long before cancer develops. Initiating treatment at this early stage can prevent cervical cancer from even occurring.
Why Pap Smears?
Cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer among Singaporean women. Every year, around 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. In later stages, cervical cancer can be terminal and costly to treat.
Pap smears are an affordable and simple way of keeping protecting yourself from cervical cancer.
In addition, getting vaccinated is a good way of protecting yourself from cervical cancer. Cervical cancer vaccination, or HPV vaccination, provides long-term protection from cervical cancer. The vaccination is Medisave-claimable - learn more.
Cervical Cancer Symptoms
Cervical cancer symptoms include the following:
1. Abnormal vaginal discharge
2. Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as post-coital, in between periods, or post-menopause
3. Pain during sexual intercourse
Oftentimes, there are no symptoms during the early stages of cervical cancer. That being said, it is important to go for regular pap smears.
Who should go for pap smears?
Sexually active women who are over 25 years of age should go for regular pap smears.
The recommended frequency for pap smears is once every 1-3 years.
Do you have female doctors available?
We have female doctors at our Bukit Batok, Sembawang, and Woodlands branches. If you would like to consult a female doctor, please call in advance to confirm your appointment. Our doctors may be on leave during certain periods.
Pap Smear Prices
Thinprep Pap Smear - $64.20
Temasek Medical Centre is under the Screen For Life (SFL) scheme. Eligible Singaporeans are able to have a pap smear done at $5. CHAS card holders may have a pap smear done at $2. To be eligible, you need to have the SFL letter. Alternatively, please contact us - our clinic staff will be able to help you to check if you are eligible.