Well, apparently it does in Japan. I’ve been sent two free coupons from Kobe City, inviting me to be checked for breast and uterine cancers at my nearest health clinics. A new policy implemented this year offers all women over the age of 40 access to free and comprehensive health checks at certain designated clinics for the most common cancers (younger women still have to pay about $20 per check, which is why I never bothered before … yes, I’m that cheap).
Every year I get sent all kinds of free and/or discount coupons from the government, and as a matter of principle I never bother using them, unlike all of my friends here. In fact I’m still refusing to go, on the grounds that they are only using these checks as a way of keeping tabs on my lifestyle and dietary habits … which are really nobody else’s business, right? Especially my waist measurements.
Anyway, if Japanese people are so healthy as they claim to be, then why are they so hung up on cancer checks?