What is BEAM?
BEAM is the acronym for Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) Encouragement for Active Mammograms. BEAM is a full sponsorship programme that addresses the mammography needs of women in the low-income group so they can gain access to free mammograms at polyclinics.
The programme which has provided nearly 50,000 mammograms for Singaporean women since 2013 will be extended for another two years with an additional funding of $1 million.
The programme is launched broadly under the guidelines of BreastScreen Singapore (BSS) and in partnership with Health Promotion Board (HPB), National Healthcare Group Diagnostics (NHGD) and SingHealth. It will be disseminated through our community partners.
Women form 50% of the ageing population in Singapore. As most households are supported by dual incomes, a woman’s role is significant for the well-being of her family as well as society at large.
Women in the low-income group lack awareness and financial means to go for regular mammography. Hence, they do not view mammogram screening as a priority. With the systematic building of awareness through public education, BCF hopes to achieve the mission of saving lives and breasts.
Eligibility Criteria for BEAM
|Nationality||Singapore citizens (women only)|
|Age||Aged 50 years and above (based on year of birth)|
|Screening History||First screen: Have never had a mammogram|
|Cardholder||Have a valid Community Health Assist Scheme card (either blue or orange) or
Have a valid Community Health Assist Scheme card (either blue or orange) and a valid Pioneer Generation card for those aged 65 and above
Have a valid Community Health Assist Scheme card (either blue or orange) and a valid Merdeka Generation card for those born from 1 January 1950 to 31 December 1959.
|Other Information||Not pregnant|
How can I make an appointment to schedule a subsidised mammogram screening?
You may call any of the following BreastScreen Singapore (BSS) screening centres:
|National Healthcare Group Diagnostics||SingHealth Polyclinics||National University Polyclinics|
|Enquiry: 6275 6443||Enquiry: 6536 6000||Enquiry: 6275 6443|
|Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic
Toa Payoh Polyclinic
Bukit Merah Polyclinic
Pasir Ris Polyclinic
|Bukit Batok Polyclinic
Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic
What do I need to prepare prior to a mammogram screening appointment?
Bring along your NRIC and Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) card.
What can I expect after a mammogram screening?
You should receive your results 4 weeks after your screening date.