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Free breast cancer checks for gold card holders: govt

Dr Athaporn Limpanyalers

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) on Saturday approved free breast cancer screening for women universal healthcare card holders with immediate family members who have had the condition.

Dr Athaporn Limpanyalers, NHSO’s deputy secretary-general, said the board has approved checks for the mutated BRCA1/BRCA2 gene for free for members of the gold card scheme. Announcements regarding other welfare benefits will follow.

“Doctors will evaluate the risks and suitability of patients for the service. Patients can ask the doctor for additional information regarding their entitlement; however, any diagnosis will be made based on the guidelines,” he said, adding the benefit could save lives by increasing the…

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