Stomach Cancer Screening In Singapore

Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders. Regular screening and early detection is key to protecting yourself from stomach cancer. 

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Stomach Cancer Screening In Singapore

Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders. Regular screening and early detection is key to protecting yourself from stomach cancer. 

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What Causes Stomach Cancer?

While there is no known exact cause of stomach cancer, there are several factors that may increase the risk of stomach cancer, including a diet high in salts, smoked food, family history of stomach cancer and etc. Read on to learn more.

Stomach Cancer Screening

For patients who require a more targeted and customized approach, our clinics provide targeted health screening for your individual needs. Colorectal Cancer Screening, Women’s Health Screening, Liver Cancer Screening, and Stomach Cancer Screening are among our suite of services.

What Is Stomach Cancer?

Stomach Cancer is also commonly known as Gastric Cancer. It is a cancer that starts in the stomach and occurs when cells in the inner layer of the stomach wall grow and divide uncontrollably. These cells become malignant (cancerous) cells and form in the lining of the stomach. Stomach cancer is the sixth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common cancer in women.

Often, patients with Stomach Cancer are diagnosed at late stages as early detection of stomach cancer is hampered by the lack of presenting symptoms until the cancer is in the advanced stage.

What Are The Causes Of Stomach Cancer?

While there is no known exact cause of stomach cancer, there are several factors that may increase the risk of stomach cancer. These factors include having:

  • A diet high in salty and smoked foods (e.g. salted fish or meats, pickled foods)
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Smoking habits
  • Family history of stomach cancer
  • Chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)
  • Pernicious anaemia (resulting in the reduced absorption of vitamin B12)
  • Infection or history of infection of the Helicobactor Pylori bacteria

What Are The Symptoms Of Stomach Cancer?

Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders. This is one of the contributing factors to why stomach cancers are so difficult to detect early without screening.

However, as the cancer grows, signs and symptoms may become more prominent and may include any of the following:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight loss with no known cause
  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Feeling full after eating only a small amount
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting, with or without blood
  • Blood in the stool
  • Anemia (low red blood cell count)

Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer. If you are worried, it is best to consult your doctor right away.

Why Is Stomach Cancer Screening Important?

Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders. This is one of the contributing factors as to why stomach cancers are so difficult to detect early without screening.

Early detection and regular screening help protect you from stomach cancer as you would be able to start intervention measures as early as possible, where the prospects of treatment are better.

Our Approach To Stomach Cancer Screening

Fusion Medical uses a cutting edge, non invasive method to screen for stomach cancer.

What is GASTROClear™?

GASTROClear™ is a MicroRNA based blood test used in the detection of Stomach Cancer before symptoms surface. It is the world’s first blood test for the early detection of gastric cancer, allowing for timely and life-saving treatment at an early stage.

It is used as an adjunctive test in conjunction with endoscopy for the early detection of stomach cancers.

How Does GASTROClear™ Work?

The GASTROClear™ is a low-cost and noninvasive screening procedure that detects cancers by detecting microRNAs in the bloodstream. When cancer is present, microRNAs are actively secreted into the blood by tumour cells. They are disease specific and provide a real-time and direct indication of the existence, development and progression of a disease.

GASTROClear™ measures 11 novel stomach cancer microRNAs that are associated with the presence of stomach cancer. These levels of microRNAs are either elevated or reduced in the early stages of stomach cancer and helps in its detection, even before clinical symptoms appear.

As such, GASTROClear™ determines the risk of having stomach cancer at the point of testing and assists our doctors in recommending a patient for gastroscopy, which involves inserting a thin tube with a camera into a patient’s stomach.

GASTROClear™ can detect 87.5% of Stage 1 stomach cancers, which have the highest patient survival rate.

What Can I Expect During The Screening Procedure?

The GASTROClear™ is a simple and noninvasive blood test. The screening procedure is the same as a standard blood test.

After your blood is drawn, the doctor will send the blood to the lab and you can expect to receive your results report after 7-10 days.

What Will My Results Report Show?

The results report will show a summary of your personalized risk score, which risk group you belong to, and the recommended next steps.

If your score is:

  • Below 40: Repeat test after 1 year
  • 40-50: Repeat test after 6 months
  • Above 50: Visit a specialist

FAQs About Stomach Cancer Screening In Singapore

  • Who can benefit from GASTROClear™?

    Anyone with symptoms or risk factors should get screened regularly. Regular screening and early detection can help protect you from stomach cancer, where you can intervene early when the prospects of treatment are much better.

  • Can GASTROClear™ Detect All Types Of Stomach Cancer?

    GASTROClear™ measures 11 novel stomach cancer microRNAs that are associated with the presence of stomach cancer. These levels of microRNAs are either elevated or reduced in the early stages of stomach cancer and helps in its detection, even before any clinical symptoms appear.

  • Is The GASTROClear™ Test Accurate?

    The GASTROClear™ test has a 3-4 times better detection rate compared to testing for traditional tumour markers.

  • How Do You Tell If You Have Stomach Cancer?

    Early stage stomach cancer often occurs without any symptoms or occurs with common symptoms that are usually confused with other benign gastrointestinal disorders.

     

    It is difficult to tell if you have stomach cancer without screening. While some may experience symptoms, it is important to note that different people experience different symptoms of stomach cancer.

     

    The best way forward is to book an appointment to get yourself screened, and consult a doctor to get professional medical advice.

  • How Do I Prevent Stomach Cancer?

    You can reduce your risk for stomach cancer by maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle:

    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Limit your alcohol intake and do not smoke tobacco
    • Avoid eating substantial amounts of smoked and pickled foods

Early detection means better prospects of treatment. Regular screening is key to protecting yourself from stomach cancer.

The GASTROClear™ is a simple and noninvasive blood test. It has a 3-4x better detection rate compared to testing for traditional tumour markers.

About Fusion Medical

Fusion Medical was set up in the year 2015. Our founders, being passionate about offering one-stop quality healthcare services at affordable rates, decided to set up the first Executive Medical Centre in One-North. This centre is equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide convenience to our patients. Diagnostic and imaging equipment include X-Ray, Ultrasound, ECG treadmill, Spirometry, Tonometry, Mammogram, Electrocardiogram, Audiometry Tests and Bone Densitometry.

  • Our Doctors

    Dr Wenus Ho

    Dr Wenus Ho is a family physician and a designated workplace doctor with more than a decade of clinical experience. She is also currently a postgraduate tutor for the Graduate Diploma of Family Medicine (GDFM) Training Program in the Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore....

    Qualifications

    • MBChB (Edinburgh)
    • Postgraduate diploma of dermatology with distinction, The University of London.
    • Postgraduate diploma from the Royal College of Physician, UK (MRCP UK)
    • Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Royal college of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK
    • Graduate diploma of family medicine, National university of Singapore
    • Graduate diploma of occupational medicine, National University of Singapore.
    • Diploma of aesthetic medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of competencies in botox, dermal fillers, ablative laser, intense pulse light and chemical peels
    • Certificate of Korean Thread Lifting, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom
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    Dr Amy Kaonang

    Dr Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2008 and has undergone various postings in emergency departments, inpatient wards and polyclinics. She found her calling in Family Medicine and went on to attain...

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM)
    • Graduate Diploma in Family Practice Dermatology (GDip FP Derm)
  • Our Doctors

    Dr Juliana Latif

    After graduating from Guys’, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in the United Kingdom, Dr Juliana went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Family medicine at the National University of Singapore. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Occupational Medicine. Dr Juliana applies her...

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Kings’ College London, UK
    • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • Master of Science in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
    • Diplomate in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, American Board of Anti-aging & Regenerative medicine
    • Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Korean Thread Lifting Master Course, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate in competence in Skin Rejuvenation (Fractional Lasers), Chemical peels, Filler injection, Botulinum toxin injection, Laser for treating skin pigmentation and Assisted lasers or intense pulsed light for hair removal awarded by the Aesthetic Dermatology Educational Group, Singapore
    • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom

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