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Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection affecting the feet and tinea corporis is a fungal infection affecting the body and limbs. Tinea or fungal infections often present with rashes that are ring-shaped and scaly. The rash is usually itchy. Less commonly, the area ma...
19 Sep 2019

Pap Smear in Singapore: The Ultimate Guide To Detect Cervical Cancer

Pap Smear in Singapore: The Ultimate Guide To Detect Cervical Cancer

All females need to know what a Pap smear is. It is a simple and yet important procedure that could literally be lifesaving.

Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women around the world [1]. In Singapore, it is expected that 429 women are diagnosed and 208 women die from the disease each year. This is unfortunate, as cervical cancers are preventable and curable when detected early [2].

The Pap test has been widely recognized as an effective way to detect early cervical cancer. It is affordable and easily accessible in most countries. They are crucial in detecting and thus preventing early-stage cervical cancers from developing into an invasive stage [1].

I wrote this article to help you understand the importance of cervical cancer screening with Pap smear. Read on to find out more on the procedure, function, and costs of a Pap test in Singapore!

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Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of lung disease and lung cancer. Even though cigarette smoking has slowly declined, many alternatives such as e-cigarettes/vaping have gained popularity. Prolonged use of smokeless tobacco products also contributes to health iss...
15 Sep 2019
Chickenpox presents with: Fever Rashes Tiredness or lethargy . The rash often starts as small red spots which become small blisters . This often occurs on the face and trunk but can occur on any part of the body . If you suspect you have chickenpox, you should see your doctor ...
11 Sep 2019
The effectiveness of treatment for bloating depends on the underlying cause. Reasons for the bloated sensation ranges from: Chronic constipation, Small bowel bacterial overgrowth, Side effects from medicine (e.g. antibiotics, metformin etc) Irritable bowel...
6 Sep 2019
Thanks for the question. In general, if the wound is infected, there can be pus present or discharging from the wound. The pus is usually very yellow and thick and may be foul smelling. The wound itself may be red, inflamed and tender. There may be some slough on the surface of the wound. Nor...
31 Aug 2019
Silent laryngopharyngeal reflux is very much a diagnosis under an Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist. The presentation can range from throat discomfort or hoarseness of voice supported by endoscopic evidence of redness or inflammation of tissue around the voice box. Just like gastr...
29 Aug 2019
There are many different classification systems for gastritis but none has been unanimously accepted as the gold standard, unfortunately. Most digestive specialists will accept the more common distinction between acute and chronic gastritis since this classification also correlates well with the hi...
29 Aug 2019
Infectious mononucleosis (IMS) is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Common layman terms for IMS include "glandular fever" and "kissing disease". EBV is a common virus and most people would have been exposed to it at some point in their lives. It is often spre...
28 Aug 2019
The short answer would be: it can help detect many things! Understanding the components of any blood test and how diseases affect them is part and parcel of interpreting blood results. To help you understand more about what an FBC can help show, we will need to look at the componen...
28 Aug 2019
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