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Know Cancer

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.

In this section, you can learn more about the common cancers in Singapore and how you can get screened for cancer.

Top 10 Cancers in Singapore

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.

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Other Cancers

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.

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Early Detection Saves Lives

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