Colorectal cancer screening

Singapore Med J. 2017 Jan;58(1):24-28. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2017004.


Colorectal cancer, which is the leading cancer in Singapore, can be prevented by increased use of screening and polypectomy. A range of screening strategies such as stool-based tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and computed tomography colonography are available, each with different strengths and limitations. Primary care physicians should discuss appropriate screening modalities with their patients, tailored to their individual needs. Physicians, patients and the government should work in partnership to improve uptake of colorectal cancer screening to reduce the morbidity and mortality from colorectal cancer.

Keywords: colorectal cancer; polypectomy; screening.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asymptomatic Diseases
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Early Detection of Cancer*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Singapore