Many of us would trade anything in the world for more time with our loved ones, especially if cancer threatens to take those precious moments away. The good news is that early detection and prompt medical treatment can win you many more moments.
*Based on statistics from the Singapore Cancer Registry, Annual Report 2019
Many types of cancers can be diagnosed early, even before symptoms show. You have the best chance at survival and recovery if your cancer is diagnosed and treated in its early stages. Safeguard your healthy lifestyle by booking a screening to detect early signs of cancer or pre-cancerous conditions.
This way, you receive better care and treatment, with lower chances of complications and reduced medical expenses.
Cancer may be the most common cause of death in Singapore, but there are quick and easy steps we can take to reduce the risk.
The Basic LifeScreen package helps you understand your risks associated with your lifestyle and family medical history by testing for common cancers and chronic diseases.
Book Comprehensive LifeScreen packages for you and your loved ones, to be aware of any potential cancer risks associated with your current lifestyle or family medical history.
Through a more rigorous screening that includes a urine test, blood tests and selected ultrasound scans, you'll enjoy better peace of mind.
Book an appointment online now or call +65 6812 3396.
This special X-ray imaging tool detects abnormalities in the breast like calcium deposits and tumours. The mammogram is currently one of the most reliable screening tools for breast cancer. It is recommended that women 40 years old and above schedule regular mammograms to detect breast cancer early.
There is no doubt that a cancer diagnosis can be daunting. But with adequate care of our experienced multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals, timely screening and prompt treatment, many cancers can be effectively treated.
The type of treatment depends on the type of cancer and how advanced the disease is.
Find out more about the symptoms and treatments for some of the more commom cancers, and how you can reduce the cost of cancer treatment to begin your journey to recovery.
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Certain screening tests, such as blood tests and ultrasound scans, may require you to fast for at least 8 - 10 hours prior to the test. Usually, you will be asked to refrain from consuming food from 12am on the day of your appointment. Drinking plain water is permitted. Our clinic staff will advise you on whether fasting is required for your tests and when you should start fasting.
If you are taking the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), please collect the kit from any of our Parkway Shenton or Executive Health Screening clinics. Collect your stool sample 1 day before your appointment, and store it at room temperature away from sunlight.
For females, kindly note that Pap smear, urine, blood tumour markers and stool tests should be done at least 5 days after your period to ensure better accuracy of results. Do inform our clinic staff if you require further assistance. If you are going for a mammogram, please do not wear any perfume, cream or cosmetics under your arms or around the chest area.
Our cancer screening packages will take approximately 1 – 3 hours to complete, depending on the types of screening tests required.
For blood tests, a blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm. You may feel a slight sting as the needle is inserted or removed. This test usually takes less than 5 minutes.
For imaging tests (such as ultrasound and CT scans), the procedure will be done at one of our Executive Health Screening (EHS) clinics in a hospital. You may return for a follow-up appointment at your preferred Parkway Shenton or EHS clinic to review your test results with a doctor.
There is very little risk associated with blood tests. You may experience slight pain or bruising at the site where the needle was inserted, but these should resolve quickly within a few days.
Some imaging tests, such as mammograms and CT scans, may expose you to radiation from X-rays. However, the risk is low and does not outweigh the benefits of health screening.
There is no risk associated with urine or stool tests.
It may take around 1 – 2 weeks for the test results to be ready. Your doctor will review the results with you and advise on follow-up action, if necessary. You can also opt for softcopies of the results or collect physical copies in person or via mail.
A cancer screening can be a powerful way to help detect cancer early, but it is not always accurate. It may falsely label a normal tissue as potentially cancerous (false positive) and cause a false alarm. Any abnormal findings may require further investigations or a referral to a specialist, and this may cause anxiety in people diagnosing for cancer.
Sometimes, cancer screenings may also miss a cancer and not pick up all occult diseases (false negative).
Hence, the roles of healthcare professionals include understanding screening tests and discussing their benefits and limitations with patients. It is recommended to speak with a doctor to find out the most appropriate screening test for you.
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