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Many people avoid colon cancer screening in Singapore because of the wrong notion they have about colonoscopy and colon cancer. What they don’t realize is that colon cancer is one of the most curable cancers if detected early – and that colonoscopy is a safe procedure with mild discomfort, if any at all. In this article, we have separated the myths from the facts about colon cancer screening in Singapore.  We hope this will enlighten you as you consider taking the next steps that will save your life against colon cancer.

Myth #1: “I am not at risk of developing colon cancer.”

According to the Singapore Cancer Society, men and women from age 50 should be screened for colon cancer even if they do not show symptoms. Colon cancer risks increase with certain lifestyle habits and diet, and a family history of colon cancer. A colonoscopy allows doctors to see polyps inside the colon and remove these polyps before they become cancerous.

Myth #2: “I don’t show any symptom so I don’t need a colonoscopy.”

In general, polyps inside your colon will not show symptoms of colon cancer – but if these polyps are not removed, they can turn into cancer sooner or later. Colon cancer screening is helpful in detecting polyps in their pre-cancerous stage. Removing these polyps before they turn into cancer is the best way to prevent colon cancer.

Myth #3: “One gallon solution to prep for colonoscopy?! That’s impossible!”

It’s not impossible, although it may be challenging to drink down a gallon of colonoscopy preparatory solution. Fret no more. Today, doctors can offer the alternative of splitting the solution to two, to be taken the night and the morning before a colonoscopy.

Myth #4: “A colonoscopy does not give accurate results.”

The accuracy of your colonoscopy largely depends on who is conducting the procedure. Make sure you are getting colon cancer screening in Singapore from competent professionals with adequate training and specialization.

Myth #5: “It hurts!”

Fear of pain is one of the common reasons people avoid any of the available methods of colon cancer screening in Singapore, particularly, the colonoscopy. In reality, nearly all patients are adequately sedated, thus, they report being comfortable throughout the colon cancer screening. In fact, many of them don’t even remember anything about the procedure. Check with your doctor if you can be put under monitored anaesthesia if you feel you require more sedation during a colonoscopy.

Myth #6: “A colonoscopy can perforate my colon!”

On the contrary, a colonoscopy is a safe procedure for 99.99% of patients. The risk of bleeding is less than one percent, and the risk of perforation is 1 in 1000. The key to successful colonoscopy lies in choosing your doctor. Make sure your colon cancer screening in Singapore is from an accredited and reputable clinic or hospital.

Myth #7: “It’s meant to be. There’s nothing I can do to stop it.”

Absolutely not true. You can prevent colon cancer by getting a colon cancer screening in Singapore clinic or hospital. Begin screening at age 50 or earlier if you have higher risks. Get screened annually. Improve your diet. Exercise regulary, avoid stress, and quit smoking. Colon cancer screening in Singapore is widely advocated. It can save your life.

See us at The Harley Street Clinic Heart & Cancer Centre for colon cancer screening in Singapore today.