Colorectal cancer is a cancer of the colon and rectum and is most prevalent in people aged 50 and above. To put the scale of colorectal cancer in perspective, it is the most common cancer in Singapore – #1 among men and #2 among women.
Colorectal cancer is usually caused by a polyp in the colon turning malignant. As such, early detection and removal of polyps while they are still benign, is crucial. Consider making an appointment with a colorectal cancer specialist for recommended screening tests.
For patients with higher risk levels, it will be good to consult a Singapore colon specialist to find out ways you can manage your risk levels and aid in early detection of the disease.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit a colorectal specialist in Singapore for a detailed evaluation.
Detection of colorectal cancer can sometimes be done through a rectal examination. This is done through the gentle insertion of a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum. However, this can only detect cancer if it affects up to 5 to 8 cm of the rectum.
In most cases, a colonoscopy or faecal blood test can be used in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy is the most detailed test, allowing the Singapore colorectal surgeon to clearly visualise the entire length of the colon with the help of a thin flexible tube (with a small camera attached) being inserted through the anus and gently threaded through the colon.
Colorectal cancer may be common, and reportedly has an increasing risk in younger adults, but it is actually extremely preventable and treatable in the early stages. Do not delay getting screened should you be in a higher-risk group; and if you are unsure, seek medical advice.
Singapore colorectal surgeon, Dr Chong Chee Keong, is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer for two decades. For more information, please reach us at 6355 5285 today.