In Singapore, the most common gynaecological cancers are uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.

These are amongst the top 10 most common cancers affecting Singaporean women.

  • Uterine cancer is the most common female genital tract cancer in Singapore. While it can affect women of any age, the majority of cases (70%) occurs in women above the age of 50.

  • Ovarian cancer, the sixth most common cancer among Singaporean women, usually occurs in post-menopausal women over the age of 50, but can also occur in younger women. Epithelial ovarian cancer usually affects older women, while germ cell ovarian cancer tends to occur more frequently in younger women.

  • Cervical cancer is the tenth most common female cancer in Singapore, with more than 200 women diagnosed with this cancer every year. It is however a highly preventable cancer, as it can be detected in the pre-cancerous stages through screening tests (e.g. Pap smear/HPV test).

Learn more about these female cancers from our featured doctor, Clinical Assistant Professor Jack Chan, Consultant from the Department of Breast and Gynaecology, Division of Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS). NCCS is a member of the SingHealth group.

This Q&A forum is open from 15 July to 15 August 2022.

 

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About Clin Asst Prof Jack Chan

Clinical Assistant Professor Jack Chan is a Consultant Medical Oncologist who practises at National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). His clinical and research interests are on gynaecological and breast cancers.

In addition to caring for his patients, Clin Asst Prof Chan has received accolades for his education and clinical work, including Residency in SingHealth Excels (RiSE) Awards – Outstanding Faculty and Singapore Health Quality Service Awards.

Ref: J22