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Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colorectal Cancer Screening At Our Singapore Clinic
Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer in Singapore and one of the most common cancers around the world today. Fortunately, it is a cancer that can potentially be prevented through rigorous screening. With early screening, we also aim to detect the cancer at its earlier stages when treatment stands a much better chance of cure compared to later stages.
There are a number of methods used for colorectal cancer screening. Colonoscopy remains the gold standard for detecting colorectal cancer and polyps. Other methods include stool tests and radiological assessment of the colon. Colonoscopy is the most sensitive test and has the added advantage of being able to take biopsies of cancers to establish the diagnosis before instituting treatment and to remove polyps before they turn cancerous.
The importance of early detection
Anybody aged 50 years and above, should consider a colonoscopy with our colorectal surgeon even if they do NOT have family members with cancer and even if they feel completely well and do NOT have any symptoms. By the time patients with colorectal cancer develop symptoms, it is unfortunately more likely to be a more advanced-stage cancer which has less chance of cure.
For individuals below the age of 50 years, one should also consider colonoscopy if he has a personal or family history of polyps or cancer. Individuals with symptoms such as constipation, change of bowel habit (e.g. loose stool, prolonged diarrhea, change in stool size, increased stool frequency), bleeding, mucus discharge, bloatedness, loss of appetite or weight, should also consider a colonoscopy even if they are younger than 50 years.
Discuss your circumstances with our colorectal surgeon
Our clinic provides consultation and a range of services for patients suffering from or at risk of colorectal cancer, hernias and piles. Start a conversation with us today to find out how we could support you.
For more information, please consult Dr Kevin Sng. Make an appointment with our Singapore locations today through our enquiry form or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call us on (+65) 6472 6188 or (+65) 6334 1696 to speak directly to our staff.