Have You Had Your Colonoscopy?
By Kinga Aitken Baboczi, MD MPH
Colorectal cancer is the most common form of cancer in Singapore. The etiology of the disease is still unknown. Quite frequently this disease starts with benign polyps that develop into cancer. Early detection can save lives. One of the most sensitive screening methods currently available is the colonoscopy. Everyone age 50 should be tested, even earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
ADVANTAGES: During the procedure the physician can visualize the entire rectum and colon. Colonoscopy allows for biopsy sampling, for polyp and abnormal tissue removal if and when necessary.
OTHER PREVENTION TIPS:
- Reduce consumption of red meats and saturated fats
- Increase fiber intake
- Increase Omega 3 fatty acids intake
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Maintain healthy weight
- Exercise 30 minutes/day
RED FLAG SYMPTOMS: If you experience any of the following symptoms contact your physicians!
- Persistent diarrhea or constipation
- Lower abdominal pain or tenderness
- Bloody, with mucus or narrow stools
- Sudden unplanned weight loss.
Get tested! Your family needs you!