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Dr. Gervasio Salgado


YOU can prevent colon and rectal cancer

YOU can prevent colon and rectal cancer


What is Colorectal Cancer and how can it be stopped?
Colorectal cancer is a cancer nobody has to have, because it is one of the most preventable cancers that exist. Often referred to simply as colon cancer or bowel cancer, it almost starts as non-cancerous growths called polyps that develop on the lining of the colon and rectum.

Polyps can become cancerous, but if they are found early enough through screening tests and promptly removed, the cancer can easily be stopped before it ever gets started. In fact, scientific research has shown that up to 90% of colorectal cancers can be prevented just by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer.


How common is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is the commonest cancer in Singapore today. About 600 - 800 cases are diagnosed annually. The incidence rate is similar to those seen in the developed countries. Although colorectal cancer may occur at any age, about 90% of cases occur over the age of 40 years. Colorectal cancer is now the overall commonest cause of cancer deaths in Singapore.

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