Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer originates from the cells of the large intestine, comprising the colon and rectum. Due to the rectum’s proximity to surrounding organs and its small size (15cm of the large intestines), there’s a significantly high risk of cancer spreading to neighbouring pelvic organs. Initially, cancerous growths typically develop as small, non-cancerous polyps attached to the colon wall, which may progress to cancer over time. Currently, colorectal cancer ranks as the number one cancer in Singapore.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of colorectal cancer include:

  1. Changes in bowel habits, such as consistent diarrhea or constipation
  2. Presence of blood or mucus in the stool
  3. Persistent abdominal discomfort
  4. Constant fatigue
  5. Severe or unexplained weight loss

When Should I Go for Colorectal Screening

Screening for colorectal cancer should commence at age 50 for all healthy adults, though this age may vary based on individual risk factors. If you experience any symptoms or have positive risk factors, schedule a screening with your doctor promptly.

Recommended screening tests include:

  1. Stool blood test (Faecal Immunochemical Test): Detects small amounts of blood in stools that are not visible to the naked eye, to be done annually.
  2. Colonoscopy: Utilises a flexible tube to examine the inner lining of the large intestine. It is now Medisave claimable up to $1,600 (subject to approval).

This should be conducted every 10 years, with frequency adjustments based on individual risk factors.


How is Colorectal Cancer Treated?

Treatment options for colorectal cancer encompass surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. You can read about the specific treatment options for colorectal cancer offered by our partnering clinic, The Cancer Centre, here.

What Can I Do to Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

To reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, consider the following recommendations:

  1. Increase dietary fibre intake by incorporating fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into daily meals.
  2. Decrease dietary fat consumption, particularly saturated fats in animal fats and full cream dairy products. Opt for leaner meat cuts and low-fat dairy alternatives.
  3. Limit alcohol intake and quit smoking, seeking assistance from your doctor if needed.
  4. Engage in regular exercise to maintain physical fitness and boost confidence.
  5. Early detection through screening enhances the chances of successful treatment. Schedule your health screening appointment with your doctor or Lifescan Medical Centre for timely intervention. You can learn more about our colonoscopy and gastroscopy packages here.
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