02 Jul '11, 8am

Govt kicks off national colorectal screening

Govt kicks off national colorectal screening

Said HPB chief executive Ang Hak Seng: 'By 2030, one in five Singaporeans will be 65 and older, and the chances of getting colorectal cancer increases with age especially after the age of 50.' -- PHOTO: ANG HAK SENG THE Government has launched a nationwide drive to get 900,000 older Singaporeans to get themselves tested early for colorectal cancer. Every year, 1,500 new cases of Singapore's most common cancer are diagnosed. And despite being responsible for 640 deaths a year, the killer shows few symptoms during its early stages, thus the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) drive to get those 50 and older, to go for an annual screen for it. Said HPB chief executive Ang Hak Seng: 'By 2030, one in five Singaporeans will be 65 and older, and the chances of getting colorectal cancer increases with age especially after the age of 50.' Mr Ang added that the HPB, which kicked off its ...

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