FFoodd for Thought

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Dr Fran­cis Seow-Choen, med­i­cal direc­tor and se­nior con­sul­tant at For­tis Sur­gi­cal Hos­pi­tal, dis­pelled the no­tion that di­etary fac­tors are re­spon­si­ble for col­orec­tal can­cer. “There is no such thing as healthy or un­healthy food per se. Rather, you should con­sider whether the food you eat sat­is­fies your own unique di­etary re­quire­ments,” he ad­vised.

Dr Seow-Choen pointed to en­vi­ron­men­tal car­cino­gens as ma­jor con­trib­u­tors to col­orec­tal can­cer. Industrial pol­lu­tants, for in­stance, can lead to the growth of can­cer polyps. Ge­net­ics are an­other con­tribut­ing fac­tor – about 15 per cent of col­orec­tal can­cer pa­tients have a fam­ily his­tory of the dis­ease.

And while col­orec­tal can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer in Sin­ga­pore, Dr Seow-Choen noted that it is highly cur­able, es­pe­cially in its early stages. So go for regular screen­ings from as early as the age of 35.

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