Cancer cases have been rising over the years, and the number of people living with cancer will continue to increase.
During the period from 2016-2020, 80,753 cancer cases were reported in Singapore and 49% and 51% of those cases were reported in males and females respectively*.
Three most frequent incident cancers reported for males and females in this period are:
Males: colorectal (6,513 cases/16.5%), prostate (6,283 cases/15.9%) and lung (5,368 cases/13.6%)
Females: breast (12,303 cases/29.7%), colorectal (5,364 cases/13%) and lung (3,252 cases/7.9%).
*Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Report 2020
However, with vast advancements in cancer treatments, survival rates for people with cancer have greatly improved over the years. Improvements in screening for some of the common cancers have also led to earlier detection and therefore more timely treatment for many people.
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The information above is adapted from the Singapore Cancer Registry.
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