As COVID-19 gripped the world, colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings have indubitably plummeted.
With March 2021 being Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, let us pledge to help our patients “get back on track, get checked” and make colorectal health a priority again!
Colorectal cancer is the 4th most deadly cancer worldwide (Lancet 2019); but locally is the number 1 cancer in males, and number 2 in females with an annual number of 1500 diagnosed yearly (Singapore Cancer Registry).
Screening and early detection is key to effective treatment – it is a disease that CAN BE PREVENTED through regular screening. Data have shown that 80-90% of colorectal cancer patients are restored to normal heath if their cancer is detected and treated in the EARLY stages.
Outline of the talk :
- Lowering the risk of CRC
- Identifying patients who are at risk for colorectal cancer – screening colonoscopy versus diagnostic colonoscopy
- How is it diagnosed? Are there newer and better methods?
- Can it be cured? What are the new advances in the management of colorectal cancer
- How has COVID-19 pandemic affected screening and management of colorectal cancer
Dr Sharon Koh will be speaking in this interactive session, which includes a Q&A portion to answer colorectal cancer-related questions that you may have encountered in your primary care practice.