GASTROClear, originally developed in Singapore, stands as the world's first molecular blood test designed for the early detection of stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer. Demonstrating up to 86% sensitivity and up to 89% specificity in an asymptomatic average-risk population, GASTROClear is effective in identifying all stages of stomach cancer.
What sets GASTROClear apart is its non-invasive approach and precision in identifying stomach cancer in its early stages — even in the absence of symptoms. GASTROClear is a valuable alternative for individuals who may not like gastroscopy due to the more invasive nature of the latter test. General Practitioners (GP) can utilise GASTROClear to evaluate a person’s risk for stomach cancer and determine if a gastroscopy needs to be done.
Stomach cancer is defined by the growth of cancerous cells or tumours in the stomach lining. In Singapore, it ranks as the seventh most prevalent cancer in men and the ninth in women. This condition leads to more than 300 deaths related to cancer each year in the country.
You should consult a GP if you have several of the following symptoms of stomach cancer:
People who exhibit these risk factors are also recommended to do a GASTROClear test:
GP Dr. Charis Au will provide you with personalised screening advice based on your age, risk factors, and lifestyle.
GASTROClear is an excellent preliminary screening tool for stomach cancer. It has higher accuracy than traditional cancer markers, correctly identifying 87.5% of stage I and 89.5% of stage II stomach cancers in recent clinical trials. Moreover, research indicates that GASTROClear exhibits 20% greater accuracy compared to other blood-based biomarker tests for stomach cancer.
Although receiving an intermediate or high-risk score suggests the presence of cancer cells in your body, that does not necessarily mean that you have stomach cancer. Further testing, such as a gastroscopy (upper gastrointestinal tract examination) and tissue biopsy, will typically be recommended to confirm the diagnosis.
|Minimally invasive: More comfortable than gastroscopy as GASTROClear only requires 1 draw of blood (5ml). Although gastroscopy still stands as the most sensitive test for stomach cancer, the GASTROClear blood test offers a less invasive option for patients seeking early-stage stomach cancer detection, especially those hesitant about undergoing a gastroscopy.
Most people suffering from the early stages of stomach cancer display no symptoms. With early detection, stomach cancer patients have a 70% higher likelihood of surviving more than 5 years. Timely and efficient screening can correctly identify cancer cells; stomach cancer is treatable when detected early.
Based on your GASTROClear test score, age, and specific risk factors such as diet and lifestyle, it may be advisable to undergo a repeat GASTROClear test.
|Level of risk for stomach cancer
|Recommended GASTROClear test frequency
|Low risk (score <40):
|Repeat the test after 1 year
|Intermediate risk (score between 40 - 50)
|Repeat the test after 6 months, and your GP may recommend a gastroscopy, depending on your current health condition and other risk factors.
|High risk (score > 50)
|You will be advised to proceed with a gastroscopy.
At Assure Family Clinic, the GASTROClear test costs roughly $250 before GST.
Fortunately, stomach cancer is usually treatable in its early stages — making early detection important to improve your prognosis. The GASTROClear test is a non-invasive, blood-based test, which serves as an excellent preliminary screening tool for all stages of stomach cancer (even early-stage stomach cancers).
Getting screened for stomach cancer will not only give you peace of mind but it can also potentially improve your prognosis by facilitating the detection of early-stage stomach cancer.
If you are suffering from symptoms of stomach cancer or have one or more risk factors for stomach cancer, book a GASTROClear screening with Assure Family Clinic’s GP Dr Charis Au. Should you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to our approachable staff, who are more than willing to address any further inquiries you might have.
Personal interests: Yoga, cooking & going to the beach
Besides practising holistic medicine, Dr Au also walks the talk by leading a healthy lifestyle. She is a yoga enthusiast who leverages her nutritional knowledge to whip up wholesome meals. In her free time, Dr Au enjoys spending time with her active toddler, family, and friends at beautiful beaches and the great outdoors too.
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