KUALA LUMPUR: More than half a million women have benefited from the Government’s subsidised mammogram screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine programmes.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said breast and cervical cancers are most frequent cancers among women.
In the 2017 Budget, the Government allocated RM30mil for the two programmes.
“We have received the first batch of the money, and the mammogram screening programme will begin next Monday,” she said yesterday.
The programme for early detection of breast cancer is for women between the ages of 40 and 70, with a monthly household income of below RM10,000.
“The rest can take the screening at a subsidised rate of RM50. You must get a voucher from any of the 59 Klinik Nur Sejahtera under the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) before proceeding to the appointed medical institution,” she said.
She said those aged 35 to 39, with a household income of less than RM10,000 per month were also qualified for the programme with doctor’s recommendation.
On the HPV vaccine programme to prevent cervical cancer, Chew said every teenage girl would be given three injections of the vaccine at the age of 13.
“We are also extending the programme to those born in 1990 to 1996,” she said.
Earlier, Chew, who is also Malaysian Chinese Culture and Arts Consultative Council chairman, urged students keen on studies in music, dancing and creative writing, to enrol at the National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy (Aswara).
Further information are available at www.aswara.edu.com.