Thanks to modern medicine, we can now study, identify, and diagnose different conditions with the many imaging tests performed in diagnostic labs and hospitals. The colonoscopy, for example, is one of the most efficient, reliable, and safe imaging procedures known to man today. In Singapore, colonoscopies are nearly perfected with less than 0.5% chance of damage to the walls of the colon. The process involves inserting a camera-equipped probe into the anus in order to properly assess the patient’s condition. Of course, no one really wants to spend their day getting probed in all the wrong places, but here’s why you definitely shouldn’t second guess getting the procedure done.
- Identifying and Preventing Colon Cancer – Did you know that according to recent statistics, colorectal cancer is now the most common type of cancer in Singapore? Because cancer is a serious and dangerous life-threatening disease, you should exercise every opportunity to diagnose it or prevent it all together. Colonoscopies are an infallible way to detect colon cancer and to help your doctor prescribe the right treatment to manage and eliminate the disease. Another reason why you should definitely opt for a colonoscopy is because during the procedure, your doctor can actually remove any polyps they find – which are small growths which can turn into malignant tumors.
- Clear Imaging – When you visit your doctor for abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or sudden change in your bowel movements, they will suggest a roster of different imaging tests that they can use to diagnose your concerns. However, because the process of getting a colonoscopy isn’t something a lot of patients want to go through, it often gets bumped to the bottom of the list as a last resort. Unfortunately, many of the other imaging tests won’t provide clear results, so you will likely have to return to get a colonoscopy for more accurate data to draw a diagnosis from.
- Cost Efficient – Up front, a colonoscopy might seem a little pricier than other imaging tests available to you. But because the procedure is a foolproof way to determine the cause of your symptoms, you won’t have to spend too much on other tests and definitive examinations. With just a colonoscopy, your doctor will be able to get a clear picture of your internal system to come up with an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate corresponding treatment. A colonoscopy in Singapore can cost anywhere from 300 to 700 SGD, depending on the specialist and the health care facility you choose. Robot-assisted colonoscopies can be costlier, but are also much more comfortable for the client.
If your doctor gives you the option to get a colonoscopy, don’t give it a second thought. Put your health first place and opt for a test that will give you nothing but accurate readings by getting that colonoscopy when you need it.