What Different Kinds of Cancer Screening are Available in Singapore?

As many of you out there are aware, what we call “cancer” is described as a runaway out of control growth of abnormal cells. These malignant cells do not go on to die, but continue to keep on abnormally growing without any type of control. Dissimilar to the body’s normal cells, malignant or cancerous cells can go on to grow to then invade other healthy tissues in the human body.

Cancer Screening

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Modern diagnostic equipment used are:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans

Catching it early
Also, being put to use to screen for cancer with the wished for hope of catching the disease in its earliest stages are:

  • Pap test
  • Mammogram
  • Colonoscopy
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test

Certain diagnostic imaging tests are also used for cancer screening tests due to their ability to detect and aid diagnose abnormalities in the body’s tissues. Such tests are also able to track the progression of any disease that may already be there at present.

MRI

  • The MRI test is used to screen for cancer via computer images of organs, nerves, muscles, and bones, all of which are displayed by electromagnetic radio waves.
  • This is used to show any abnormalities through the detailed images of soft tissues and organs.

PET

  • The PET scan is an imaging tool that is also put to use for cancer screening.
  • This type of scan will show how well someone’s organs are functioning.
  • Differences in metabolism and chemical activity can also be seen with this type of test.
  • It can uncover problems to do with the central nervous system, brain disorders, and cancer.

CT

  • The first diagnosis of a suspected cancer may be shown after undergoing a CT scan.
  • This type of test is advantageous in the screening for cancer by displaying cross-sectional images of the body with x-rays and computers.
  • Every major part of someone’s body can be checked for abnormalities with such a test.

PAP

  • The Pap test, which is also commonly referred to as a “pap smear”, is used for cervical cancer screening in Singapore.
  • The kind of test is used to find any abnormal cell changes in the cervix.
  • It can locate cancerous and also precancerous cells.

Mammogram

  • This is conducted for breast cancer and this diagnostic imaging tool produces x-ray images of the breast.
  • Any abnormalities can be seen, and it can detect breast cancer in its earlier stages.

Colonoscopy

  • Any abnormalities in the colon or large intestine and the rectum can be checked with the use of a colonoscopy.
  • This test is generally performed to screen for colon cancer.

PSA

  • This is a test for prostate cancer and the reason for such a test is to evaluate the amount of prostate-specific antigens in one’s bloodstream.
  • Small amounts of antigens do ordinarily appear in blood, but this test helps in showing any abnormal occurrence of the antigens, which may mean prostate problems.

If you have any concerns, just simply get yourself screened.


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