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Have loved ones over 50? Urge them to go for colorectal cancer screening

Published on Feb 27, 2014 2:59 PM

Cancer experts are urging young people to advise their loved ones who are over 50 to go for colorectal cancer screening.

"People think that 'it can't be me'. They don't want to screen for cancer or are afraid to do so. But colorectal cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Singapore," said Dr Cheong Wai Kit, Chairman of the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign 2014 and surgeon at the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS).

Speaking at the launch of the 13th edition of the campaign on Thursday, Dr Cheong highlighted that the risk of colorectal cancer increases significantly for those over 50. "This is where younger loved ones come in, give them (older loved ones) a nudge and bring them screening kits."

As part of the campaign, the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) will distribute free colorectal screening kits at SingHealth and National Healthcare Group Polyclinics next month and in April. The kits will be available at 73 Guardian outlets and SCS offices in Bishan and Realty Centre.

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