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Cancer

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.

Signs and symptoms of cancer include:

  • Lumps
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Change in bowel habits

Causes of cancer:

  • Smoking causes 22% of cancer deaths
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Excessive drinking of alcohol

How to prevent cancer

  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Not drinking too much alcohol
  • Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Vaccination against certain infectious diseases
  • Not eating too much processed and red meat
  • Avoiding too much sunlight exposure

Detection of cancer:

Cancer can be detected via screening tests. It is then typically further investigated by medical imaging and confirmed by biopsy.

Treatment of cancer:

Cancer is often treated with some combination of radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy and targeted therapy.

Pain and symptom management are an important part of care. Palliative care is particularly important in people with advanced disease.

Read this post for more information on cancer and health screening in Singapore.

S'porean Therapist Shares Useful Tips On How To Manage Lymphoedema; This Cancer-Related Disease Affects 250 Million Patients Worldwide

Lymphoedema is a chronic disease characterised by massive swelling of limbs or tissues. This disease affects about 250 million patients worldwide.

It happens when there is an excessive collection of fluid in the leg, trunk or body part, due to disruption of the normal lymph flow; mainly caused by the removal of the lymph nodes during surgery and/or radiotherapy for cancer treatment.

If you've undergone surgical removal of lymph nodes or radiotherapy, you may be at risk of developing lymphoedema. When left untreated, this disorder can lead to many other complications.

Veronica Yap, a certified lymphoedema with more than 20 years of experience, hosted an AMA session on DxD recentlyShe answered plenty of reader questions related to lymphoedema. Here's what she shared. 

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I Am A Lymphoedema Therapist In Singapore, AMA!

Meet Veronica Yap, a medical healthcare specialist with more than 20 years of experience. She’s a certified therapist who specialises in helping patients with Lymphatic Disorders through therapy.

We all have a lymphatic system in our bodies. It’s a network of tissues and organs that helps you rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. If you have a lymphatic disorder (Lymphoedema), this system becomes blocked, and fluid will start to build up in your tissue spaces between the muscles and skin. The result of this is chronic swelling. 

Lymphatic diseases have considerable public health significance, yet not many professionals are specialised in their management. Veronica is passionate about raising awareness for this condition because early detection and management yields the best outcomes.

Join her live AMA on Wednesday, 19 December, at 5:00 PM as she answers all your questions you have on Lymphatic Disorders.

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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lung called the pleura. The usual risk factor includes exposure to asbestos. Because of this, the timeline for development of this cancer from time of exposure is usually very long( usually in terms of decades after)...
16 Dec 2018

Colon Cancer Is Not Just For Old People! Here's What Millennials And Gen-Xers Need To Know

People normally associate colorectal cancers with older people. This is true to a certain degree. 80% of newly diagnosed colorectal cancers are in the above 70 age group. These are what surgeons call sporadic cancers.

For young people in their 30s and 40s, getting struck with colorectal cancer is simply shocking. At the prime of their lives and at the peak of their careers, they are diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease.

I wrote this article to help shed some light on colorectal cancers in young people. I want to explain the cause and characteristics of this cancer, and what you can do to detect the cancer early.

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Dear Joyce Just to add to Dr Quan's answer, an enlarged spleen is a definite "No" to playing contact sports. You see, if the spleen is enlarged and struck during contact sports, it can cause significant bleeding and pain. In fact, it could lead to shock. This is a concern i...
7 Dec 2018
Based on your age and your 6 years of symptoms, and assuming you have no family history of colorectal cancers, the odds of your symptoms being due to a tumour are low. However, a screening colonoscopy is still your best bet in excluding a potentially serious condition. Discuss ...
6 Dec 2018
As far as possible, surgery should be the first choice to deal with the problem. Stenting is done when the patient is too weak to undergo surgery at the point of presentation. The patient may be dehydrated and have severe electrolyte imbalance due to the obstruction. In good ha...
26 Nov 2018
Dear Clarissa, Robotic surgery can sometimes be used in colo-rectal cancer. It may or may not be necessary. It can be useful in cases whereby the tumour is near vital structures like that of the anal sphincter. It is best you discuss this with your treating doctor.
25 Nov 2018
Hi, leukemias are blood-related cancers that affect white blood cell and red blood cell production. There are a few different types of leukemias. The symptoms vary according to the type of leukemia you have. What generally happens is that because there are less white blood cel...
23 Nov 2018
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