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Colorectal cancer rates in Singapore may have levelled off

Hope of fall in cases in coming years as screening appears to have worked

Published on Apr 19, 2014 7:51 AM
Surgeons using a robot to conduct a minimally invasive surgery for colorectal cancer. The rate at which people develop the cancer appears to have plateaued, suggesting that preventive measures here, including screening, may be working. -- FILE PHOTO: FORTIS SURGICAL HOSPITAL

The rate at which people develop colorectal cancer - the most common cancer here - appears to have plateaued.

This suggests that preventive measures here, including screening, may be working and raises hopes that the incidence of colorectal cancer may decline in the coming years.

More than 1,700 people here are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year and more than 700 die from it. It is among the top three cancer killers here.

The number of people getting such cancer had been rising steadily since 1973 - until a decade ago, said Dr Yong Wei Peng, a senior consultant at the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore.

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