Colonoscopy Screening For Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the top killer cancer in Singapore. It often begins as a non-cancerous polyp in the colon or rectum. The polyp may then become cancerous over time. Colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer is (to date) the best screening method as it enables the doctor to detect and remove the polyp before it becomes cancer.
In Singapore, colonoscopy is recommended for persons aged 50 years and above, if they are of average-risk for the cancer. People with higher risk for colorectal cancer should take undergo the screening more frequently (you should consult with a doctor on your suitability and frequency for colonoscopy).
Risk Factors For Colorectal Cancer
The following factors may increase your risk for colorectal cancer:
- Aged 50 years and above (both sexes).
- Personal or family history of colorectal cancer.
- Personal or family history of colon polyps.
- Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease e.g. ulcers in the large intestine or Crohn’s disease.
Symptoms That Might Indicate Colorectal Cancer
Consult your family doctor or a gastroenterologist if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Blood in the stool or bleeding from the rectum.
- Changes in bowel habit.
- Persistent abdominal discomfort or pain.
- Incomplete emptying of the bowel.
- Unexplained weight loss.
Consult A Gastroenterologist In Singapore
A gastroenterologist is a specialist doctor with expertise in diseases affecting the digestive system (including the esophagus, stomach, small & large intestines, rectum and anus). If you have any concerns about your gastro health, you can contact us to schedule a consultation with our Preferred Doctor, Dr Benjamin Yip (Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, and the Medical Director of Alpha Digestive & Liver Centre in Singapore).
Click here for a comprehensive list of gastroenterologists in Singapore that we have compiled.
Get Screened For Colorectal Cancer With Colonoscopy
The estimated starting cost of colonoscopy in Singapore is from S$2,000-S$3,000 in a private clinic or hospital. Additional charges may apply for services such as biopsies or additional medication.