Cancer cases have been rising over the years, and the number of people living with cancer will continue to increase.
During the period from 2017-2021, 84,002 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: prostate (6,912 cases/16.8%), colorectal (6,697 cases/16.3%), and lung (5,567 cases/13.5%)
Females: breast (12,735 cases/29.7%), colorectal (5,542 cases/12.9%) and lung (3,388 cases/7.9%).
*Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Report 2021
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.
For more information on cancer statistics and trends, visit National Registry of Diseases Office.
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