Colorectal cancer is the number one cancer in Singapore. Screening tests such as the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) and screening colonoscopy can help prevent it.
Signs and Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
For individuals at increased risk or high risk, screening by colonoscopy is also indicated. Please refer to the table below
a. Left-sided colitis
*Flexible sigmoidoscopy from age 10 to 12 years (puberty) until adenomas are identified, upon which screening is switched to colonoscopy
^Refer to Annex E for guidelines to refer suspected individuals for cancer genetic risk assessment.
The above colorectal screening information is taken from the
Report of the Screening Test Review Committee.
Colonoscopy is one of the recommended screening tests for the average risk asymptomatic population, from age 50 years. For screening the general population at average risk, colonoscopy should be performed at an interval of no more than 5 to 10 years.
Discuss with your doctor which screening test is best for you.
For more information about your recommended screenings, visit
screenforlife.sg and check out
FAQs on Screen for Life.
This article was last reviewed on
Friday, February 25, 2022
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