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Find answers to common colorectal cancer queries below.
Questions have been answered and vetted by Colorectal Specialists from Sengkang General Hospital and National University of Healthcare Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are those under 50 years of age eligible to collect a FIT Kit?
At the present moment, FIT kits are only available to Singaporeans above the age of 50. However, there are plans in the future to lower the age to 45.
Should I worry if I notice blood in my stools?
While there may be many underlying reasons for the presence of blood in your stools, it is always important to get it checked by a doctor instead of assuming its cause.
A colorectal specialist shared that among patients who have rectal bleeding, “2-3 percent can be attributed to colorectal cancer. 20-30% of these patients also have precancerous polyps in the colon which should be removed to prevent future development into cancer.”
Therefore, if you do notice blood in your stools, get it checked immediately. Don’t Assume, Be Assured.
PS: Blood in stools can manifest as either fresh blood (red streaks in stools) or dried blood (darkish red and sometimes even black stools).
If I poop everyday, can I still get colorectal cancer?
Having regular bowel movements does not mean you're safe from colorectal cancer.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer may not manifest in early stages. Hence, it is advisable for higher-risk individuals (i.e. those with family history of the cancer) to consult a doctor on when they should start screening - even before experiencing any symptoms.
However, if you do notice a change in your bowel habits (i.e. sudden increase in bowel movement, thinner stools, mucus in stools etc.), which persists for an extended period of time, don't ignore the symptoms. It is still best to get yourself checked and be assured by a doctor.
Don't Assume that you're safe just because you poop everyday.
If I'm under 50 years old, can I still get colorectal cancer?
Yes, you can.
If I commit to frequent stool checking, does this mean I don't need to go for screenings then?
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