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Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer: Symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis to treatments

Colorectal Cancer - How to prevent?

Colorectal Cancer - Diagnosis

Colorectal Cancer DiagnosisRegular screening is still the main key in detecting colorectal polyps or cancer early. In Singapore, the recommended age of screening is 50 years old for individuals with no symptoms. Patients with a strong family history of colorectal cancer are advised to start screening earlier than the recommended age. Screening tools currently available include:

  • Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) – A positive FOBT requires a diagnostic workup with colonoscopy to examine the entire colon in order to rule out the presence of a malignant lesion.
  • Double contrast Barium Enema – X-rays that show extra detail in the large intestines than normal (plain) x-rays.
  • Computed Tomographic Colonography (CTC) – Advanced x-ray study using computer reconstruction to show details in the large intestines.
  • Colonoscopy – A procedure that examines the colon and rectum using a special flexible camera inserted through the anus. This is the most accurate of all tests and also allows procedures such as removal of small polyps and biopsy of any abnormal areas.

Colorectal Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Colorectal Cancer - Post-surgery care

Colorectal Cancer - Other Information

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