Cancer is the leading cause of death in Singapore, accounting for 29.4% of the total number of deaths in 2014.*
Certain cancers are preventable and many cancers are treatable and curable, especially with effective treatment in the early stages. Screening helps to detect early signs of cancer or pre-cancerous conditions before any symptoms appear. By the time symptoms appear, the disease is often at an advanced stage.
Screening is effective in the prevention and early detection of cancers such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer. There is a wide range of cancer screening services available. SCS provides the following, without charge, throughout the year:
* Singapore Cancer Registry, Interim Annual Registry Report, Trends in Cancer Incidence Singapore, 2010-2014