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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.


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14 Oct 2018

Dr Wong is a caring, attentive and experienced doctor. He has been looking after me since I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013. I have been following Dr Wong's advice and been in remission ever since.

I'm glad that I chose to see a private practice doctor rather than waiting for my turn at a public hospital.

I believe this made a huge difference in the good outcome of my condition. Thank you again Dr Wong.

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I remembered when Dr Wong Seng Weng walked out and he called out my name, I was thinking to myself, ” Okay, he looked nice. Dr Wong was holding on to the door for us to his office and then we walked in, got seated down and he was LOOKING AT ME NOT THE PC SCREEN (I am thinking to myself, “He treats me as a human not just a piece of meat”) as he explained to me the option that I have and how the treatments will be carried out.

The treatments that Dr Wong recommended for me was to start with the 1st round of chemotherapy, 12 weekly sessions of the milder treatments then proceed with the harsher chemotherapy that will be done once every 3 weeks. As he explained the processes to me and the side effects that I may experience, I felt more at ease and see more hope in recovery rather than the doom and gloom feeling. 

I tell myself after the consultation that I am in good hands!

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Dr Seah Chee Seng is very skilled in breast reconstruction surgery for breast cancer patients. I am satisfied, and also know of many others who had breast reconstruction done by him who are happy with his work too. He is a very experienced doctor who is reassuring to patients that he knows what he is doing. He is very knowledgeable and cautious in patient care. No fuss and no frills, he delivers.
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Dr Chong is attentive and genuinely interested in helping his patients. His extensive experience is obvious when he explains to his patients the indications for the various options of treatments available.

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Our son was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer with 40% survival chance after a 9mth-1yr treatment involving surgery and chemotherapy. We sought Dr Chui Chan Hon at Mount Elizabeth, for a second opinion. I am so glad we found Dr Chui, as he was so reassuring and made me feel so much better. He emphasized that we should tell ourselves that the survival rate is 100% because without surgery he is left with 0%. 

Dr Chui is truly an expert surgeon. It was a successful surgery and after a long battle we are in remission now!

 

 

I am glad that my buddy irend had found this surgeon for me. After talking with Dr chui, i feel soo much better after he tell me this word which i will always remember. Once u make the decision to go for the treatmemt, dun think abt the 40% survival rate. Instead u should tell urself the survival rate is 100% cos if never go treatment , the rate is 0%. With Dr Chui expertise, i know my edison will be in great hands. This will be a long surgery but i know in my heart.. it will be a successful one. This surgery will take place after either 4th or 5th chemo and i really cannot wait Dr chui will take out the monster from edison stomach. On 20th oct early morning, my dad had passed away and in the afternoon i need to admit edison to Kkh for port surgery and start his 1st chemo. This 20th oct is a black day and a day i hated it

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Dr Anselm Lee is one of the most competent and positive doctors you could have when your child is diagnosed with cancer. He is very encouraging and gives you so much hope! We know other parents whose children were treated for cancer by Dr Lee and they are doing so much better now under his care. 

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How Do You Know If Your Mole Is Cancerous? An Experienced Skin Doctor Gives Us The Low-Down

Moles are kind of like our old friends. After all, they tend to stick around longer than some people in our lives. 

Ranging in size, shape, and colour, most moles seem to be pretty harmless. Some find them a nuisance because they appear at undesirable spots, while others consider their moles to be a special thing that make them unique.

But what if that mole that you've dismissed is potentially a sign of skin cancer?

Here's what an experienced dermatologist, Dr Stephanie Ho, has to say about the questions that she always gets asked.

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Meet The Expert: Dr Wong Nan-Yaw

Meet Dr Wong Nan-Yaw, an experienced colorectal surgeon who has a deep passion in helping people through their cancer journeys. 

He dubs colorectal cancer as the emperor of diseases because it's a silent killer. He explains that the colon is a capacious organ, so it can accommodate a lot of 'things', even big 'things'. 

Watch the video to find out more about colon cancer, its symptoms, and how Dr Wong's training helps him to nurse his patients back to good health. 

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Ask Dr Wong Nan Yaw: Colon Cancer

In Singapore, colon cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Did you know that 3 in 100 Singaporeans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime?

Unfortunately, many people harbour misconceptions about this dangerous disease. These misconceptions can keep people from accessing the preventive care and treatment they might need.

Join Dr Wong Nan Yaw, an experienced colorectal surgeon as he hosts a QnA where he answers all your questions on colon cancer. 

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Ask Dr Radhika Lakshmanan: Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Singaporean women. According a report from the Singapore Cancer Registry, breast cancer constituted 29.4% per cent of all cancers among women between 2008 and 2012. 

Research has uncovered many risk factors associated with breast cancer, helping doctors to provide a fairly good estimate of a woman's risk of breast cancer.

For example, a lady who is aged 40 years and above, with a first degree relative (i.e. sister, mother or maternal grandmother) who has breast cancer is at a high risk of getting breast cancer.

Early detection can save lives. Learn more from Dr Radhika, an experienced breast surgeon as she host a QnA session where she answers questions on breast cancer. 

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Ask Dr Stephanie Ho: Moles & Skin Cancer

Almost everyone has moles, and most of these moles are harmless. However, it's important to recognise changes in a mole, such as in its size, shape, or color. Some of these changes may be a sign of skin cancer. 

Dr Stephanie answered readers questions on: 

  • Causes of skin cancer
  • Types of skin cancer
  • How to tell if moles are cancerous
  • Treatment options for skin cancer in Singapore
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Ask Dr Jason Lim: Colonoscopy

Every day, 5 people in Singapore are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 2 die of it. Colorectal cancer is one of the most frequently diagonsed cancers among male and females. It is also known as silent killer because it often has little or no symptoms. 

However, it is largely preventable with regular screening, and is curable with early detection. 

Dr Jason answered readers' questions on colonoscopies.

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The Complete Guide To Colonoscopies In Singapore (2018)

The negative stigma surrounding colonoscopies in Singapore is unwarranted. In this comprehensive guide, I hope to clear your doubts on its purpose, and explain the possible benefits a colonoscopy can provide you in your journey towards maintaining good health.

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The Essential Guide To Health Screening In Singapore

Which health screening tests do you really need? It's a common scenario in Singapore - your dad or mom receives a letter offering free "basic" health screening services, usually in the form of a tie-up with the company where he or she's working at.

So when my dad asked me last night:

What are the essential tests I should go for?

I had a glance through of what was on offer: 5 pages worth of optional add-ons to the free basic screen, ranging from cancer marker tests, to mind-boggling X-Rays and ultrasound scans. This post explains exactly what tests you need, and which you do not.

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