What is Cancer?
Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to uncontrolled abnormal growth, leading to the formation of a tumor.
What Causes Cancer?
There is no single exact cause of cancer. Like many diseases, cancer occurrence is due to a combination of different reasons such as your genetic makeup, lifestyle habits such as smoking or a diet with high salt content and exposure to UV rays from the sun. It could also be a relapse from a previous cancer condition.
Cancer cases in Singapore have been increasing over the years with over 71,000 cases reported between 2013 to 2017*. Here is a look at the top 10 cancers affecting men and women.
Besides top cancers such as breast cancer or lung cancer, there are more than 100 types** of cancer that has been documented that can affect different parts of the body; some of which are harder to detect. Here is a list of some uncommon cancers, and their symptoms and diagnosis.
Cancer is a disease that can be silent for many years with little to no symptoms in its early stages. Getting screened regularly allows for early detection and more positive treatment outcomes.
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*Source: Singapore Cancer Registry 50th Anniversary Monograph 1968-2017
**Source: Singapore Cancer Society