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Colonoscopy Screening In Singapore for Colorectal Cancer

Did you know that colonoscopy in Singapore is the most performed day surgery procedure? Colorectal cancer is common in Singapore and during the period of 2014 to 2018, there were at least a total of 11,000 cases reported for colorectal cancer according to the Singapore Cancer Registry. Many cases also go undetected until it is too late to be prevented. Undergoing colonoscopy screening is the key to fighting colorectal cancer, with early detection of colorectal polyps, the higher your chance of survival will be. Read on to find out more about colonoscopy in Singapore. 

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What Is Colonoscopy In Singapore

A colonoscopy is a key part of colorectal cancer (colonoscopy) screening in Singapore. It is a procedure where a colonoscope, which is a 1.6m flexible tube with a video camera at the end, is inserted into your colon or rectum wall. It allows your doctor to examine the inside of your colon and its lining for signs of bowel-related conditions, such as colon polyps which can lead to colorectal cancer.

A colonoscopy lasts for about 30 minutes to an hour each time, and is a painless procedure conducted under general anaesthesia. Doctors can also utilise the colonoscope to generate images of the colon and rectal wall, identify and remove colon polyps, making a colonoscopy a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. As colorectal cancer is the most common cancer in Singapore amongst men, a colonoscopy is a key part of regular colorectal cancer screening tests in Singapore, particularly for residents over the age of 50 (who are also high-risk individuals).

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What Is Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is a serious malignant disease that affects the colon. Colorectal cancer begins from polyps – a type of growth that’s precancerous or potentially cancerous forming along the inside of the colon. They often show no symptoms in the early stages until the cancer has advanced to a more severe stage of metastasis, which will prove far more difficult for a patient’s full recovery. 

Unlike other cancers, colorectal cancer has a far higher rate of full recovery if detected and treated early, with up to 90% of early detection cases making a full recovery. This highlights the importance of colonoscopy in colorectal cancer screening in Singapore to facilitate effective treatment.

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Why Do Patients Hesitate To Go For A Colonoscopy In Singapore

Most people know about colonoscopy. However, the two main reasons for avoiding a colonoscopy are fear and misinformation. Many patients either have bad experiences or have heard of bad experiences from their friends or relatives about colonoscopy. 

They are told to go on a restrictive diet several days before and to consume only liquids the day before the colonoscopy. They are made to drink 4 litres of bowel preparation the night before the colonoscopy and spend the entire night purging in the toilet. 

They come to the hospital early in the morning (dehydrated and sleepy) and they are sedated for the colonoscopy. When the procedure is done, they wake up sleepy and drowsy and are sent home. The results of the colonoscopy are only known a few weeks later when they see the doctor in the clinic. It is no wonder why patients avoid such an essential investigation. 

Years later, when they are due for another colonoscopy, most patients will avoid doing it. This is not ideal as it is not in your best interest to delay such an essential investigation.

However, a good specialist will advise that good bowel preparation is important. The state of your stool sample should be watery and free from any solid particles. Contact us to find out more about procedures and preparation for colonoscopy screening in Singapore.

Why You Should Do A Colonoscopy Screening In Singapore With Dr Qm Leong

Dr QM Leong is a firm believer in colon cancer screening and prevention. The fact of the matter is that most patients will need at least 2 to 3 colonoscopies in their lifetime (each 10 years apart). Therefore, if your first colonoscopy experience is awful, you will likely avoid going for another one. 

Hence Dr QM Leong wants to make colonoscopy as easy, convenient and comfortable as possible. There are no dietary restrictions before the colonoscopy and only 2 litres of bowel preparation are required. Many patients chose to undergo the Same Day Colonoscopy procedure.

What Is The Same Day Colonoscopy In Singapore

Same Day Colonoscopy means undergoing the colonoscopy on the same day as the consult. In other words, you are seen by Dr QM Leong in the morning for consultation, given bowel preparation after the consultation and admitted to the day surgery ward. 

When the bowel preparation has taken effect and the bowel is cleared, the colonoscopy will begin in the afternoon in the endoscopy centre. As the colonoscopy usually takes less than one hour, you will be back in the day surgery ward later in the afternoon. 

Dr QM Leong will personally review you in the evening after the sedation wears off and explain the colonoscopy findings before you are discharged. Hence you will undergo the consultation, bowel preparation, colonoscopy screening and results of the procedure all on the same day.

Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy In Singapore

Colonoscopy is one of the gold standard screening tests for colorectal cancer. It should be repeated once every 10 years. Most people will require 2 to 3 colonoscopy screenings in Singapore throughout their lifetime.

Colonoscopy in Singapore is performed under general anaesthesia or sedation. Hence you will be asleep and not experience any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, some patients experience minor bloatedness which resolves after passing flatus.

The general cost breakdown for a colonoscopy in Singapore are as follows, for consultation, it will be $150 and for the procedure itself, it ranges from $1100 to $1600. Depending on your medical insurance coverage, the cost might differ as well.

There are usually not much or any symptoms to warn patients of early-stage colon cancer, however, some of the symptoms that are commonly found in the later stages of colorectal (colon) cancer are:

  • Blood Found In Stools
  • Change In Bowel Habits And Movements
  • Weight loss
  • Discomfort Within Abdominal Region
  • Fatigue or Weakness