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Colon Cancer

Colorectal Cancer is the No. 1 cancer in Singapore

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the large intestines and can manifest silently over a period of 5 to 10 years.

Colorectal cancer in Singapore is the most common cancer in men and the second most common cancer in women.

Colorectal or colon cancer occurs when cells in the colon or rectum mutate and form a polyp. Left untreated, polyps may turn cancerous, metastasizing and spreading to other parts of the body.

To detect colorectal cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable, screening tests such as a colonoscopy should be regularly conducted.

Colon Cancer

Colorectal Practice is dedicated to the prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer in Singapore.

To arrange a detailed assessment with colorectal surgeon Dr Dennis Koh,
please contact us at 6262 1226.

Are You at Risk of Colorectal Cancer?

Colon Cancer

Individuals
aged 50 and
above

Although colorectal cancer may manifest at any age, chances of developing colorectal cancer notably increases after the age of 50.

Colon Cancer

Individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer

Although colorectal cancer may manifest at any age, chances of developing colorectal cancer notably increases after the age of 50.

Colon Cancer

Risk factors of individuals with the following lifestyle and diet

Obesity, Cigarettes and tobacco use, Heavy alcohol intake, Sedentary lifestyle, High consumption of processed and red meats

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Symptoms of
Colorectal Cancer

It is important to note that you may not encounter any obvious signs and symptoms in the early stages of colon cancer.

Common symptoms – particularly in the more advanced stages – include:

  • Blood in stool
  • Changes in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss or anaemia
  • Abdominal pain or bloating
  • Persistent tiredness

How is Colorectal Cancer Detected?

The ideal method of screening is via a colonoscopy, a specialized procedure where a thin, flexible tube with a camera is inserted through the anus and through the rectum into the colon.

During this process, Dr Koh will look for polyps – abnormal growths on the lining of the colon. These polyps can grow and develop without any obvious symptom. Polyps that are detected during a colonoscopy will be removed on the spot and tested for the presence of cancer.

Find out more about colonoscopy here

How is Colon Cancer Treated?

Surgery is used to remove the affected part of the colon (be it partial or total) to curb the spread of the disease, and is the only treatment that can provide a definite cure to colon cancer. While there are other treatment options such as chemotherapy, these are best used as supporting treatments and not as standalone treatments.

Treatment of colon cancer depends on the stage and severity of the disease. As a specialist in the field of endoscopy, Dr Koh will decide on an appropriate method to treat the cancer most effectively with minimal risk and downtime. Established colon cancer surgery techniques include open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, single port surgery and robotic surgery.

Our Surgeon

Dr Dennis KohConsultant Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS (Nottingham), MMed (Surg)
BMedSci (Nottingham), FRCSEd, FAMS

Dr Dennis Koh is a MOH-accredited and experienced colorectal surgeon; and currently the Medical Director at Colorectal Practice.

Dr Koh strives to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient, which allows for better outcomes. He also honed his skills in proctology abroad in Geneva, bringing a more diverse touch to his practice.

Dr Dennis Koh is a MOH-accredited and experienced colorectal surgeon; and currently the Medical Director at Colorectal Practice.

Dr Koh strives to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient, which allows for better outcomes. He also honed his skills in proctology abroad in Geneva, bringing a more diverse touch to his practice.

Comprehensive Range of Colorectal Services for Your Peace of Mind

Dr Koh tailors his treatment based on your lifestyle requirements and healthcare needs. At our colorectal clinic, we believe in providing personalized care as it allows for better surgical outcomes and creates a supportive environment for our patients.

For a detailed consultation, contact us at 6262 1226 or fill up the contact form below.

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