Colorectal Cancer Screening Singapore

From 2015 to 2019, Colorectal Cancer was the most common cancer among males and and 2nd most common cancer among females in Singapore, accounting for 6436 or 16.9% of cases and 5253 or 13.1% of cases respectively.

It is a cancer of the colon (the primary part of the large intestine) and rectum (the passageway which connects the colon to the anus).

Top 10 Male Cancers in Singapore from 2015 to 2019. Colon & Rectum cancer is the most common cancer in Singaporean males.
Top 10 female Cancers in Singapore from 2015 to 2019. Colon & Rectum cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in Singaporean females.

Source: Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Report 2019

Should I Be Screened For Colorectal Cancer?

  • If you do not display any symptoms and are not considered to be at high risk, colorectal cancer screening should be done from the age of 50.
  • If you are at high risk, going for screening at a younger age and at more frequent intervals is recommended. Consult your doctor for advice.
  • You are considered to be at high risk if one or more of your close relatives have colorectal cancer or an abnormal growth (colorectal polyps) in their large intestine.
  • Females who have had cancer of the womb, ovaries or breast may have a slightly higher risk of colorectal cancer.

How To Screen For Colorectal Cancer?

There are several tests which can be used alone. Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is usually used first and if there is a positive result, one of the other tests will be followed:

  • Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT): The presence of blood in the stool is tested. Colonoscopy may have to be performed if test results are positive.
  • Double-contrast barium enema: This procedure involves an x-ray examination of the large intestine with the usage of a special substance to improve images.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: A short, flexible and lighted tube is inserted into the rectum and will be slowly led to the sigmoid colon. This procedure examines the internal lining of the lower end of the large intestine.
  • Colonoscopy: A longer and flexible lighted tube is used to examine the entire large intestine.

Credits & Note: The above information is adapted from the Ministry of Health's (MOH) health screening guidelines and not meant to be taken as medical advice. Please consult a doctor for medical advice.

Prices

These are the prices of the above-mentioned tests:

Test Price*
Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) $25.00

*Prices are before GST and subject to GST.

Health Screening with ATA Medical

Want to skip the queue at the polyclinic? We are a one-stop health screening clinic equipped with Chest X-Ray, Mammogram and Ultrasound scans for your medical examination and full body check up.

Our clinic is conveniently located in the Central Business District (CBD) at Anson Road, and just a 4-minute walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

Main entrance of ATA Medical clinic (Anson House)
Screen of ATA Medical's ultrasound machine showing ultrasound scan being done on patient
ATA Medical's Dr Jana Lim examining a patient while taking her blood pressure

Why Use Us?

How Do I Make An Appointment?

Generally, you are encouraged to consult our doctor if you are a walk-in patient without any referrals. This is recommended because the results require contextual interpretation and follow up. There will be a consultation fee of $35 before GST.

Book or Enquire Through WhatsApp At 88933757
Ask Through Email At hello@healthscreening.sg

What You Need To Bring

1. Identification Card/Documentations and Memo/Referral Letter (if any).

2. For Payment: Cash, NETS, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Union Pay, Grab Pay or PayNow.

How Long Does It Take?

1. On average, most of our patients finish their health screening within 30 to 60 minutes during off peak hours. Please feel free to enquire about the best appointment times with least waiting time.

2. The report will be ready in 72 hours and will be emailed to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to fast for my colorectal cancer screening?

For stool test, you are not required to fast. For other procedures such as a colonoscopy, the clinic will advise you on the necessary procedures.

How fast can the screening be completed?

During off-peak hours, we should finish your tests within 30 to 60 minutes. You may also enquire with us through WhatsApp or Call at 88933757 about the best appointment times.

Health Screening Packages

1. Comprehensive Health Screening: You may also be keen to explore our routine and comprehensive health screening packages. Our Crown Plus ($458), Royal ($642) and Jewel ($1369) packages have various ultrasound tests bundled with them.

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