Colorectal Cancer & Women’s Health

30 March 2022

It’s not talked about enough but it is estimated that 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime. According to the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), the number of cancer cases has been on the rise and is likely to continue to increase. 

From 2015 to 2019, 13.1% of women who contracted cancer were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. This makes it the second most common cancer amongst women in Singapore.

However, what most people may not know is that when caught early, colorectal cancer is often both treatable and beatable. Unfortunately, many people don’t get screened because they’re afraid or embarrassed. 

During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, G&L Surgical Clinic wants to encourage all families to be proactive about their health by being a pillar for their loved ones. We want to help spread awareness about this disease and how early detection can save lives.

Speaking to the ladies of G&L Surgical Clinic, here’s what they have to say about this disease and how women can be empowered to be the voice of colorectal cancer awareness within the household.

Boey 

“Many women dismiss abdominal pain or blood in stools because they don’t want to go through the hassle of scheduling an appointment and going to the doctor. 

It’s easy to understand why you would rather just tough it out and hope the pain goes away on its own. But what if it doesn’t? What if you’re dealing with something more serious? While abdominal pain and occasional blood in stools are usually not a cause for alarm, they could also be a sign of a much more serious condition, such as colorectal cancer.

With colorectal cancer being in the top 3 cancers for women in Singapore, being aware could be the very first step to saving your life.”

Rainie

“As a mother to my child, I’m often worried about my health and the impact that it has on the rest of my family. Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers if we are able to detect the polyps early and it takes less than a day to have yourself checked.

What’s a few hours compared to years that can be saved with some awareness?”

Jiaxin

“As a young mother, I think my worry is always how I can give the best to my child. And I agree that screening for colorectal cancer can be really easy, so we should not worry that much about the process. And for those mummies who are afraid of pain, colonoscopy is not painful and it’s really fast.

Ultimately, health is wealth and we only have to take the first step in ensuring we are in the pink of health to take care of the rest of the family.”

Ann

“Being a newlywed, one of my greatest concerns is about the health of my parents and in-laws. As they age, I think it’s unavoidable that they fall ill and they have the tendency to think that pain is normal and they will be able to get by.

In truth, sometimes, pain (especially abdominal pain) can be a sign of a much more serious condition, so I’d always advise that they seek proper medical advice. While you may not succeed every time, being patient and providing them with sound advice can be the best support you can provide to your family.”

Lisa

“Working mums are often the unsung hero of the household. It’s not easy juggling work and family but sometimes, we need to be aware of our health as well. I’ve seen patients who walked in with symptoms that they have endured for months and only when it got unbearable, did they decide to see a doctor. 

It’s important that we continue to look out for each other, not just for our families, but also for ourselves whenever we display signs to suggest we may be unwell. Don’t dismiss symptoms such as abdominal pain or blood in stools. Consider seeking medical advice if you suspect something is amiss.” 

Conclusion 

Where it comes to colorectal cancer, you can play a large role within your family to make a change. 

G&L Surgical Clinic wants to encourage everyone–men and women alike–to go and get screened for colorectal cancer. We believe that by being a pillar in our families and communities, we can help encourage our loved ones to take care of their health. And we’re committed to providing quality care so you can have a worry & hassle-free procedure

So, don’t leave colorectal cancer to chance, start getting tested today!

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