Cancer Prevention in Singapore

Why is cancer screening important?

The most important factor in surviving cancer is to detect and treat cancer at an early stage to increase chances of successful treatment and survival. 

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Screening can also help identify precancerous conditions, allowing for early intervention to prevent cancerous cells from ever developing for example in the case of some early cervical lesions, colon polyps, breast lumps etc. When cancers are treated early, they are often less invasive, therefore leading to overall reduced cost of treatment.   

How to screen for cancer with blood tests?

Blood tests can be used to screen for certain types of cancer by detecting specific markers or substances that are produced by cancer cells. For example, cancer markers such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests can help screen for prostate cancer, while CA-125 tests can be used for ovarian cancer screening. These tests are often used in conjunction with other screening methods and diagnostic tests to confirm the presence of cancer.

What are cancer markers?

Cancer markers, also known as tumor markers, are substances that are produced by cancer cells or by the body in response to cancer. These markers can be detected in blood, urine, or tissue samples and can help in the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of cancer. However, it’s important to note that not all cancers have specific markers, and the presence of a marker does not always indicate cancer.

What is Lucence screening?

More recently, newer technologies such as LucenceINSIGHT™, offer a multi-cancer early detection (MCED) test that screens for the early signals of multiple cancers through a simple blood draw even in individuals with no symptoms. By detecting circulating tumour DNA in our bloodstream, it can lead to early detection of up to 50 cancers (including often hidden cancers such as pancreatic cancer, lymphoma, lung cancer, bile duct cancer and so on)

By detecting circulating tumour DNA in our bloodstream, it can lead to early detection of up to 50 cancers (including often hidden cancers such as pancreatic cancer, lymphoma, lung cancer, bile duct cancer and so on).

You may enquire more about LucenceINSIGHT™ here.

How does ultrasound help to screen for cancers?

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. It is commonly used to screen for certain types of cancer, such as breast, thyroid, and ovarian cancer. Ultrasound can help detect abnormal masses or tumors that may indicate the presence of cancer. It is often used as a supplemental screening tool and is particularly useful for imaging soft tissues.

How does Chest X-Ray screen for cancers?

A Chest X-Ray (CXR) is a common imaging test used to screen for lung cancer and other chest-related abnormalities. It can detect abnormal masses, nodules, or other signs of lung cancer. An even more sensitive imaging test for lung cancer will be a low dose CT scan for detecting small or early-stage lung cancers. Low dose CT scan will be slightly more costly and will involve a slightly higher dose of radiation exposure. General populations who are  recommended for lung cancer screening include adults above age 50 who  have been smoking for more than 20 years.

How does mammography work?

A mammogram is an X-Ray of the breast that is used to screen for breast cancer. During a mammogram, the breast is compressed between two plates to spread out the tissue and get a clearer image. Mammograms can detect breast cancer early, often before it can be felt, which can lead to earlier treatment and better outcomes.

How do I learn more about cancer screening? Visit our website to learn more about our cancer screening packages or whatsapp us at 87840093 if you have any questions.