PATIENT EDUCATION
cancer surgery: gastric (stomach) cancer
endoscopy and gastrointestinal cancer screening
gallbladder surgery
hernia surgery
patient education index
treatment of piles (hemorrhoids)
weight reduction surgery for obesity

CONTACT INFORMATION
Address
#06-55 Mount Elizabeth Novena
Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore 329563
[getting there]
Contact Phone
Phone : +65 67330846
Fax : +65 67330849
24Hr Answering
Service :
+65 65358833
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri : 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat : 9:00am - 1:00pm

Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Cancer Screening

About Cancer in Singapore
Some relevant facts and figures:
  • Cancer is the no. 1 cause of death in Singapore
  • 1 in 4 Singaporeans dies from cancer
  • 28 people are diagnosed with cancer every day
  • 14 people die from cancer every day
About Stomach Cancer:
  • Stomach cancer is among the top 10 most common cancers in Singapore
  • Stomach cancer is the 4th most frequent cause of cancer death in Singapore
  • Survival depends on early detection: 5-year survival in the early stages is 95%. 5-year survival in advanced disease is 0-2%.
  • Stomach cancer is easily detectable with gastroscopy – a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure.
About Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer in Singapore
  • Colorectal cancer is one of the most frequent causes of cancer death in Singapore
  • Survival depends on early detection: 5-survival in the early stages is 95%. 5-year survival in advanced disease is 0-3%.
  • Almost all colorectal cancers start as a ‘polyp’ ie a growth protruding from the inner lining of the bowel. The time required for progression from premalignant polyp to invasive cancer may be 5 or more years
  • A window of opportunity exists when these polyps may be safely removed through the colonoscope – effectively preventing the development of cancer
About Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives in two ways:
  1. By finding and removing precancerous polyps before they progress to invasive cancer
  2. By detecting colorectal cancer early when it is most treatable with the highest chance of cure or long-term survival
About Endoscopy
Endoscopy is a procedure which allows visual examination of the internal aspect of the human body.
An endoscope is a thin, long, flexible tube with a fibreoptic light source and a video camera at one end. Images of the insides of the body are relayed real-time to a video monitor. Endoscopes may be inserted into the body through a natural orifice such as the nose, throat or anus. Alternatively, they may be inserted through a small incision in the skin – for example, endoscopes may be inserted into the knee joint through skin incisions over the knee.
There are many types of endoscopes – some examples:
  • Gastroscopes are used to examine the stomach
  • Colonoscopes are used to examine the colon
  • Cystoscopes are used to examine the urinary bladder
  • Bronchoscopes are used to examine the lungs
  • Arthroscopes are used to examine the joints
About Gastroscopy
Gastroscopy is the most sensitive tool for diagnosis of gastric cancer and other diseases affecting the stomach. It is a safe, low-risk procedure. A diagnostic gastroscopy is usually completed within 5 – 10 minutes. Patients are sedated during this procedure and experience minimal discomfort.
About Colonoscopy
Colonoscopy is a procedure which allows doctors to examine the inner lining of your colon. It is the ‘gold standard’ option for colorectal cancer screening. When used as a colon cancer prevention method, colonoscopy can detect and allows removal of potentially precancerous growths called polyps.