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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.