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Introduction to Colorectal Cancer
Learn about the causes, symptoms, risk factors, prevention, treatment, and management of colorectal cancer. By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of colorectal cancer and how to prevent, detect, and manage it.
Not Just A Gut Feeling: Understanding Colorectal Cancer
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How common is Colorectal Cancer in Singapore?

Colorectal cancer is a major public health issue in Singapore. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women, accounting for about 15.5% of all cancer cases. According to the Singapore Cancer Registry, there were 10,507 new cases of colorectal cancer in Singapore between 2012 and 2016, with an average of 2,100 new cases per year.

Incidence rates have been increasing in Singapore over the past few decades. In 2016, the age-standardized incidence rate of colorectal cancer was 41.7 per 100,000 population, which is higher than the global average.

Colorectal cancer is also a leading cause of cancer deaths in Singapore. According to the National Registry of Diseases Office, there were 4,279 deaths due to colorectal cancer between 2012 and 2016, making it the top cause of cancer deaths in Singapore.

Given the high incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer in Singapore, it is important to raise awareness of the disease and promote early detection and prevention strategies.