01 Mar '11, 1pm

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign kicks off

SINGAPORE : The Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) has kicked off its year-long Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign, and it is targeting to screen 35,000 members of the public this year. Now in its 10th year, the campaign encourages individuals, aged 50 years and above, to do the Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), a preliminary screening test for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the top cancer in Singapore and can be easily detected through the test. Past efforts have seen some results. SCS said that since 2002, the number of people who collected the free test kits has increased significantly by more than 40 per cent over a three-year period from 22,510 in 2008 to 32,416 in 2010. The early detection has allowed the cancer to be picked up and treated earlier, hence resulting in a higher chance of cure. About 143 individuals with positive FOBT results were found to have pr...

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