The Straits Times
Published on Feb 28, 2013

"Don't flush away early detection" campaign to get public to test early for colorectal cancer


The Singapore Cancer Society is organising its 12th Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March.

Themed "Don't flush away early detection", those aged 50 and above are advised to get screened for the cancer. One method is through a DIY Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) kit, which tests for blood found in stools and can detect the disease even at an early stage.

The Singapore Cancer Society plans to give out 65,000 free test kits this year, 5,000 more than in 2012.

Between 2007 and 2011, a total of 8,459 new cases of colorectal cancer were detected, up from about 8,200 from 2006 to 2010, according to figures from the National Registry of Diseases.