BMC holds mammogram test subsidy programme
BINTULU: The Bintulu Medical Centre (BMC) is holding a Mammogram Test Subsidy programme, which started on Sept 1, to screen the women here for breast cancer.
The programme will be on until Aug 31, 2014.
The centre’s medical director Dr Tan Teik Guan said this is one of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes to help women here to obtain free or subsidised screening.
“Generally, the centre conducts free screenings for women who earn RM5, 000 and below and those earning RM5,000 and above are granted a subsidy of RM50 by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN),” he said in a media conference recently.
He said the programme would indirectly allow early detection which could save their lives if it still at the early stage.
While describing the mammogram as the best way to find out whether a woman has breast cancer cells or not, he said it is the X-ray screening which detect the early stages of the killer disease and all women aged between 35 and 70 are advised to go for the screening.
Mammogram, he said, is currently the most effective means of inspection and the most precise, though there is about five to 15 per cent probability that the cancer could not be detected through it.
“It should be remembered by all women that there is also other alternative ways of breast cancer screening by either conducting their own examination, examination at the clinic, through ultrasound and also MRI,” he said.
Tan said the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and LPPKN implemented the mammogram test subsidy to encourage eligible women to be screened for breast cancer.
The full subsidy for mammogram testing, he said, will be borne by LPPKN if the household income is below RM5,000 a month and if the screening test requires ‘ultra-sound’ these costs are also borne by the parties.
For women with household income above RM5,000 they only need to pay RM60 and the remaining cost will be subsidised by LPKKN.
Those interested, he said, can apply through LPKKN clinic or at the BMC.
BMC radiologist consultant Dr Ho Joo Siong was also present at the press conference.