01 Oct '11, 11am

Health Promotion Board launches community screening programme for the needy elderly

Health Promotion Board launches community screening programme for the needy elderly

The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has launched a community screening programme aimed at detecting key chronic ailments and cancers for the needy elderly. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM By Fiona Low The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has launched a community screening programme aimed at detecting key chronic ailments and cancers for the needy elderly. Not only will the screenings be made more accessible to seniors, it will also be more affordable - $2 to test for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity, compared to $30 at private clinics. The programme was kicked off at the Whampoa neighbourhood on Saturday, where 150 residents registered to be screened. Besides the chronic conditions, they can also be tested for three cancers - breast, cervical and colorectal. Screenings for breast and cervical cancer cost $30 and $10 respectively, while the test for colorecta...

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