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National Cancer Screening Program

Detecting Cancer Detecting Cancer

The National Cancer Screening Program (NCSP) was designed to provide free screening services for the low-income Medical Aid recipients in 1999. Since then, the NCSP has expanded its target population to include some of the NHI The National Health Insurance (NHI) beneficiaries. Currently the program targets the five most common sites of cancer in Korea; stomach, liver, colorectum, breast and cervix uteri. The National Cancer Center (NCC) supports developing and revising the protocols for the NCSP in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) and related academic societies.

Recipients

  • - The National Health Insurance (NHI) Program: the insured within the
      lower income bracket (50%) and their dependents
  • - The Medical Aid Program: all beneficiaries
  • National Cancer Screening Program

    National Cancer Screening Program
      Target Population Frequency Test or Procedure
    Stomach 40 & over(adults) every 2 years Upper Gastro-Intestinography (UGI) or
    Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (biopsy)
    Liver 40 & over with
    high risk group*
    every 6 months** Abdominal Ultrasonography + Serum
    Alpha-Fetoprotein test (Combined)
    Colorectum 50 & over (adults) every 1 years (1st test) Fecal occult blood test(FOBT)
    (2nd test) Colonoscopy (biopsy) or
    Double Contrast Barium Enema
    Breast 40 & over(women) every 2 years Mammography
    Cervix Uteri 20 & over(women)** every 2 years Pap smear

    * 40 & over with HBsAg positive or anti-HCV positive or liver cirrhosis
    ** Revised & implemented in 01/2016