Crucial to check for colorectal cancer: Doctor

An inflatable colon showing different stages of colon cancer

An inflatable colon showing different stages of colon cancer. Credit A Healthier Michigan Flickr

The answer is colorectal cancer, a type of cancer that can be silent.

Three in 100 Singaporeans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, according to experts.

Singapore also ranked 16th globally in terms of incidence rates, according to a 2012 research by Globocan, a database of cancer statistics worldwide.

Experts say this year in Utah, an estimated 780 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and an estimated 280 people will die from the disease.

"Giving a baby dose of Viagra can reduce the number of tumours in these animals by half", Browning said.

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The scientists next want to conduct a clinical trial for the drug in patients considered at high risk of colorectal cancer.

"An important message to learn from the study is that young people can and do get colon and rectal cancer, so they should pay attention to signs and symptoms, and so should their doctors".

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Raleigh General Hospital asks local residents to consider - is it time for a colonoscopy?

Despite the increase in cases overseas and here, Dr Chee said mortality rates have declined.

Tens of thousands of adults in upstate NY are gambling with their health by choosing not to be screened for colon cancer, according to research findings by Univera Healthcare.

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Viagra relaxes the smooth muscle cells around blood vessels, allowing vessels to more easily fill with blood - which is how it helps men with erectile dysfunction - but Browning found it also increases levels of the chemical cyclic GMP, which affects the intestinal lining, or epithelium.

Viagra cut in half the formation of polyps, an abnormal and often asymptomatic clump of cells on the lining of the intestines that may become cancer, said Darren D Browning, a researcher at Augusta University in the US.

Regular colonoscopy screenings reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Common symptoms of the disease include abdominal pain and bleeding from the rectum. Screening can help find the cancer at an early stage, and can involve fecal tests, colonoscopies and other procedures. "When there are, the cancer may already be at an advanced stage", said Dr Chee.

As Jill credits timely screening and early detection for being a cancer survivor today, she is joining Harry to share their experience and to raise awareness of another cancer for which timely screening is critical: colon cancer.

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Colorectal cancer is treatable and the earlier it's detected the better chancer of survival. It is important to maintain a healthy weight, avoid excessive alcohol, not smoke, eat greens and fruits, exercise regularly and limit consumption of fatty food and red and processed meat.

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