by Growing Needs | May 26, 2023 | Cancer, Community
Cancer cases have been rising over the years, and the number of people living with cancer will continue to increase.
During the period from 2016-2020, 80,753 cancer cases were reported in Singapore. 49% and 51% of those cases were reported in males and females respectively.
1 in 4 to 5 Singaporeans are expected to get cancer by the age of 75. In 2021, cancer accounted for 26.4% of deaths and is the number 1 cause of death in Singapore.
The most common cancers among females are breast, colorectal, and lung cancer, while the most common cancers among males in Singapore are colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer. However, it’s important to note that cancer risk can vary depending on factors such as age, lifestyle habits, family history, and environmental factors.
Cancer is a disease that occurs when abnormal cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, potentially invading and damaging surrounding tissues and organs. These abnormal cells can form tumours, which can be either benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Malignant tumours can spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream or lymphatic system, a process known as metastasis. This is what makes cancer so dangerous, as it can affect multiple organs and tissues in the body.
There are many different types of cancer, and each type is classified based on the location in the body where it starts, and the type of cells involved. Common types of cancer include breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer, among others.
The causes of cancer can vary, but some factors that may increase the risk of developing cancer include genetics, exposure to carcinogens (substances that can cause cancer), lifestyle factors such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, and certain infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV) or hepatitis B or C.
Cancer is typically treated with a combination of therapies such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy, depending on the type and stage of the cancer. Early detection and prompt treatment can improve the chances of a successful outcome.
Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer, there are several things one can do to reduce the risk of developing the disease:
While following these guidelines can help reduce your risk of cancer, it is important to discuss any concerns with your doctor, especially if you have a family history of cancer or other risk factors.
Are you aware that you can have your screenings done at NO Cost at Singapore Cancer Society Clinic if you meet the eligibility criteria? Wait no more, call 1800-727-3333 to book your screening appointment as early detection saves lives.
Do check out Singapore Cancer Society for more resource and information.
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