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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 2017

What is Colorectal Cancer?


Colorectal Cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (colon and rectum). Most Colorectal Cancers begin as small non-cancerous growths (polyps) which may later become cancerous.


Some facts about Colorectal Cancer:


  • 3 out of 100 Singapore residents will develop Colorectal Cancer in their lifetime
  • About 1,750 Singapore residents are diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer every year


For more information about Colorectal Cancer, click here.



Signs & Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer


  • Blood in stools 
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Change in stool size
  • Persistent or recurrent abdominal pain
  • Persistent tiredness (due to lack of blood)


But early cancer has NO symptoms and Colorectal Cancer is preventable through screening!



Screening for Colorectal Cancer


Why Screen?


  • Screening can detect early cancer or polyps
  • Polyps can be removed
  • Early cancer if treated, can be cured!


Screen if you are:


  • 50 years old and above
  • Less than 50 years old but have a family history of cancer


How to screen for Colorectal Cancer?


There are 2 recommended tests:


  1. Screening Colonoscopy - Flexible tube with camera is inserted to examine the colon and rectum
  2. Stool Blood Test - Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)


A colonoscopy should be done once every ten years and a FIT should be done once every year.



Collect Your FIT Kit at No Charge!




For more information or to get a FIT kit at no charge, please visit the NUH Colorectal Cancer located at Level 16 of the NUH Medical Centre!



Do not flush away early detection! It can save your life!