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Dr Zee Ying Kiat from Parkway Cancer Centre addresses commonly-asked questions.
Screening is the process of looking for cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. If colorectal cancer screening reveals a problem, diagnosis and treatment can occur promptly. Colorectal cancer is generally more treatable when it is found early, before it has had a chance to spread.
Doctors may suggest one or more of the following tests for colorectal cancer screening:
Screening can potentially detect colorectal cancer at its earliest stage. This is important as colorectal cancer is generally more treatable when it is found early, before it has had a chance to spread.
In many cases, screening can also prevent colorectal cancer altogether. This is because some precancerous polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer.
People with a strong family history of colorectal cancer are at increased risk.
If you think you have a strong family history, you should see your doctor. A referral may be made to a genetics clinic, where your family history will be analysed to help work out the likely risk of a particular disease.
Early screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for those with a family history of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC).
Colorectal cancer does not usually produce symptoms early in the progress of the disease. In fact, more than half of the people diagnosed have no symptoms.
When symptoms appear, they are likely to vary, depending on the size and location of the cancer. The common symptoms are:
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