Common Cancers Among Men in Singapore

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Common Cancers Among Men in Singapore

Cancer is a formidable adversary that affects millions of lives worldwide, and Singapore is no exception. In Singapore, cancer is the leading cause of death,  the based on Singapore Cancer Society, the three most common cancers among Singaporean men being colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. Being aware of the signs and symptoms associated with these cancers is crucial for early detection. 

  1. Colorectal Cancer:

    The colon and rectum are essential parts of the digestive system. Unfortunately, these organs are susceptible to cancer development. Colon and rectum cancer typically originate from the inner lining of the large intestine and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Blood in the stools
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Presence of a lump in the abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anaemia (low red blood cell count)
  1. Prostate Cancer:

    Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate gland, a small walnut-sized organ located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is the most common cancer among Singaporean men.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased urination at night
  • Difficulty maintaining a steady stream of urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Painful urination
  • Difficulty achieving an erection
  • Back pain
  • Weakness or swelling of lower limbs

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  1. Lung Cancer:

    Lung cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the lungs. It is a serious health concern, often caused by tobacco smoking, exposure to environmental toxins, or genetic factors.

Signs and Symptoms: 

  • General weakness, tiredness, and unexplained weight loss
  • A change in the voice
  • Persistent cough that worsens over time
  • Blood in sputum (Haemoptysis)
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
  • Recurring chest infections and fever
  • Constant chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Symptoms resulting from the metastases of lung cancer, such as a swollen liver, paleness, and swelling of lymph nodes

It is crucial for individuals to prioritize regular health check-ups, lead a healthy lifestyle, and maintain awareness of potential risk factors to reduce the impact of the cancers. 

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