Health screening tests help to detect potential diseases or medical conditions in people. Typically, this process includes a consultation and physical examinations conducted by a healthcare provider, followed by laboratory work, radiological studies, and other diagnostic tests.
Health screening packages generally focus on common health concerns like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. These screenings usually include blood, urine, and stool samples, as well as imaging tests such as X-rays and ultrasounds. Invasive tests, such as biopsies, are not performed as a routine procedure but only when deemed necessary.
To understand more about what conditions to screen for, speak with your doctor to discuss your options as different screening centres would offer different packages.
It is important to go for health screenings as they can help to detect diseases and medical conditions at an early stage, even if you feel perfectly well, as not all diseases show symptoms.
Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are often referred to as 'silent killers' because they may not exhibit symptoms in their early stages. Similarly, colon, cervical and breast cancer can start as pre-cancerous lesions, often without noticeable symptoms in patients. By the time symptoms develop, the cancer may have progressed to an advanced stage.
Early detection of diseases through timely health screening allows for early intervention and prevention of complications without relying on the presence of symptoms.
Basic health screenings generally include screening for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. You should start monitoring your body mass index, waist circumference and blood pressure from 18 years old, and your blood glucose and cholesterol levels from 40 years old. If you have a family history of these medical conditions, you should begin screening at an earlier age.
A basic health screening usually involves a physical examination by your doctor, bio-physical measurements (height, weight, body mass index, visual acuity, colour vision), and blood and urine investigations.
Today, patients screening for diabetes and high blood cholesterol no longer need to fast before drawing blood, as the laboratory will check for Hba1c and non-fasting cholesterol levels as indicators for diabetes and cholesterol respectively.
Blood tests will check your:
The urine test will check for:
In some centres, you may be offered the option to take a chest X-ray to look for abnormalities of the lung or an electrocardiogram (ECG) which is a screening test for heart diseases. These basic packages usually take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to complete.
Younger patients, especially those with no past medical history and no significant family history of hereditary illnesses, can opt for a basic package once a year, or once every 3 years.
Comprehensive health screenings consist of further health tests in addition to a basic health screening. This is usually recommended based on a doctor’s assessment that a patient has risk factors and lifestyle habits that increase their risk for developing a disease. These factors would include the patient’s family history of chronic or hereditary diseases, occupation and whether they smoke. Patients will be informed about the benefits and risks associated with these additional tests.
In a comprehensive health screening, the blood sample would also check for:
You may also be offered radiological tests such as:
Some patients may also be asked to provide a stool sample to check for the presence of blood which may be a sign of haemorrhoids, commonly known as piles, or colon cancer.
Many other tests may be offered in different centres and the duration would depend on the number of tests done, which can take from 1 hour to a whole day to complete.
In addition to basic and comprehensive health screenings, specific tests, such as cancer screenings tailored to detect certain types of cancer, may also be beneficial. Nowadays, cancer screening has become increasingly important. Individuals with high risk for colon and breast cancers, such as individuals with a strong family history of these cancers, should undergo screening at an earlier age.
Early detection has been proven to be able to save lives with strong evidence supporting the screening of colon, breast and cervical cancers, which are highly treatable when detected early.
At present, there are 2 tumour markers which can be used to screen for liver and prostate cancers.
The Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) tumour marker test is recommended to screen for liver cancer in hepatitis B carriers or individuals with liver cirrhosis, a condition in which the liver does not function properly due to long-term damage.
For prostate cancer, the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a useful screening tool for men aged 50 - 70 years old.
Other tumour markers have a limited role in the detection of cancers because they are not specific in diagnosing cancers and there are more suitable cancer-screening tests available.
Parkway Shenton offers the Screen For Life (SFL) programme, a national subsidised health screening programme for Singaporeans. Eligible Singaporeans can enjoy subsidies for chronic diseases namely obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol as well as colon cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings. Your eligibility for tests will depend on your age and the cost will vary according to the population segment that you occupy.
The fee covers the cost of the tests and doctor consultation for your visit, and the first follow-up consultation, if required.
Our basic health screenings tests offer a general evaluation of your health and well-being. They are designed to accommodate various needs and budgets, conveniently conducted within our GP clinics. Starting from $110, these screenings are recommended if you're generally in good health and want a simple overview of your health status.
At Parkway Shenton, you can opt for various Executive Health Screening packages at our EHS centres, set up to offer greater convenience and time-saving. Starting from $511, these packages are tailored to your age, gender, medical history, risk factors and health concerns.
You will be given a designated appointment to reduce waiting time, and all the necessary services, from the physical examination by the doctor to blood and radiological investigations, are done in one centre, saving you time from making separate trips to other facilities to complete your X-ray or ultrasound tests. Furthermore, should your screening be performed at an IHH Healthcare Singapore hospital, you may be referred to a specialist at the same location in the event of the need for additional assessment.
Early detection of cancer has been proven to save lives and there is strong evidence to support screening for cancers of the colon, breast and cervix which are highly treatable when detected early.
As a guide:
However, individuals at high risk, such as those with a family history of these cancers, should undergo screening at an earlier age. Costs for these tests will vary.
You are strongly encouraged to consider the screening tests listed in table A. If you have certain risk factors, you may wish to consider a more comprehensive health screening with the specific tests listed in table B. Our doctors will be able to discuss with you and guide you towards making the best decision for your health screening.
Table A: Age-specific health screening tests recommended for the general population
Recommended for individuals aged 18 years and above
|Body Mass Index (BMI)
|Once a year
|Hypertension (high blood pressure)
|Blood pressure measurement
|Once every 2 years or more frequently if recommended by doctor
Recommended for individuals aged 40 years and above
|Fasting blood glucose or HbaA1c
|Once every 3 years or more frequently if recommended by doctor
|Hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol)
|Fasting or non-fasting cholesterol profile
|Once every 3 years or more frequently if recommended by doctor
Recommended for individuals aged 50 years and above
|Occult Blood Immunological (Stool Test for blood)
|Once a year
|Once every 10 years
Recommended for women aged 25 – 29 years, who have had sexual intercourse
|Once every 3 years
Recommended for women aged 30 years and above, who have had sexual intercourse
|Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test
|Once every 5 years
Recommended for women aged 50 – 69 years
|Once every 2 years
Table B: Health screening tests that may benefit patients with specific risk factors.
|Coronary Heart Disease
|Apolipoprotein A and B
Treadmill Stress Test
CT Coronary Calcium Score
|Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
|Peripheral Vascular Disease
|Ankle Brachial Index
|Thyroid Function Test
|Occult blood immunological (OBI) – DNA test
Ultrasound Hepatobiliary System
|Diabetic Albuminuria / Nephropathy
|Urine Microalbumin / Creatinine ratio
|Kidney Disorder / Dysfunction
|Kidney Function Test
|Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)
|Hematological (blood) system
|Full Blood Count
|Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
|Urine or Cervical / Urethral Swab for PCR
|Hepatitis B Infection
|Hepatitis B Screen
|Hepatitis C Infection
|Hepatitis C Screen
|Intestinal Parasitic Infection
|Stool for Ova, Cyst and Parasites
|Syphilis Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
Treponema Pallidum Particle Agglutination / Treponema Pallidum Hemagglutination
Interferon-Gamma Release Assay
Tuberculin Skin Test
|Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Scan
|Spastic Hip Displacement
|Pelvis X-ray (Antero-posterior)
|MRI / MRA Brain
|Obstetric and Gynaecological system
|Antenatal and Fetal Abnormalities (Congenital)
|Antenatal and pregnancy screening tests
|Down syndrome screening
|"Maternal colonization with GBS in pregnancy
|Vaginal and Rectal swab
|Retinopathy of Prematurity
|Retinal Fundal Photography
|Otorhinolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat) System
|Hearing Loss in Adults
Tumor Marker for NPC (EBV-EA-EBNA-1)
|Low-dose CT Screening
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