Cancer of the blood & bone marrow now more treatable

Cancer of the blood & bone marrow now more treatable

Multiple myeloma has become more a chronic disease than a terminal one, thanks to new treatments.   BY: Eleanor Yap   Ten years ago, those with multiple myeloma (MM) (also known as myeloma or plasma cell myeloma), a cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells...
Early detection can save a life

Early detection can save a life

The Singapore Cancer Society is organising the 12th Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March and it encourages those 50 years and above to take advantage of the free FOBT kits.   Seventy-one-year-old Robert Hoo did his first FOBT (Faecal Occult Blood Test)...
Breast cancer treatment reduced

Breast cancer treatment reduced

New radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer patients will cut down the current conventional treatment.   The National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) has introduced a new radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer patients undergoing surgery. NCCS is the first and...
Preventing gastric cancer

Preventing gastric cancer

Q. How can your diet help to prevent gastric cancer?   A. Data from numerous studies have shown that our diet plays an important role in the development of gastric cancer. However, there are no specific foods that can cause or cure gastric cancer. Many studies have...
Conquering cancer at 84

Conquering cancer at 84

A wonderful testimony for elderly cancer patients, U Gyan fought – and won – his battle with rectum cancer.   Eighty-four-year-old U Gyan from Myanmar was first diagnosed with cancer of the rectum several years ago and had surgery in a hospital in Singapore to...
Cancer of the womb is on the rise

Cancer of the womb is on the rise

Most cases of endometrial cancer develop in postmenopausal women. Find out the signs and symptoms, and lower your risk.   BY: Dr Shamini Nair   Endometrial cancer is now the fourth most common cancer among women in Singapore, compared to its eighth spot,...
Rising colorectal cancer cases

Rising colorectal cancer cases

Colorectal cancer is increasing in Singapore in both men and women. Early detection remains essential.   BY: Eleanor Yap   Colorectal cancer cases in Singapore are on a rise and Singaporeans are urged to do their annual screening. Colorectal cancer is the...
Cancer phobia

Cancer phobia

Understanding the fear of cancer. BY: Dr Ang Peng Tiam   One of the most difficult types of patients that I have encountered are those who do not have cancer but are absolutely convinced that they do. These patients have an excessive fear that they have cancer...
Haemorrhoids & piles

Haemorrhoids & piles

What causes haemorrhoids and should you be worried if you find blood in your stool? Find out this and more.   BY: Dr I Swaminathan   Haemorrhoids and piles mean the same thing. They refer to the fleshy things that some people feel when they open their...
Surviving colorectal cancer

Surviving colorectal cancer

There is much that Lim Siew Eng is thankful for and shares not to take good health for granted. BY: Eleanor Yap   Lim Siew Eng, 57, a preacher for a Christian organisation, has much to be thankful for. Without her sister collecting an FOBT (Faecal Occult Blood...
Kidney cancer cases increasing

Kidney cancer cases increasing

This is Part 2 of Agelessonline’s story on Molly Lim and her kidney cancer. Find out more about kidney cancer. BY: Yen Fang   Kidney cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer and historically accounts for only about three percent of all cancer incidences....
Bouncing back

Bouncing back

Facing kidney cancer upfront in 2010, one senior finds the strength to move on and continue being positive. This is Part 1 of a two-part story. BY: Yen Fang Seize the day! This phrase is often used to encourage people to enjoy life before it is too late. Molly Lim...

Celebrating World Cancer Day

The message from the Singapore Cancer Society is to go for regular cancer screening.   The Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) will celebrate World Cancer Day on February 4, 2012 with the message that “Cancer can be prevented” and a reminder to the public to go for...
Colorectal cancer remains one of top cancers

Colorectal cancer remains one of top cancers

An FOBT, a preliminary screening test for colorectal cancer, can help reduce mortality rates.   Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) is targeting to screen 35,000 members of the public in its year-long Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign (CCAM 2011), which started March 1,...
A supportive hand

A supportive hand

A 76-year-old woman has found her calling, to reach out to women with menopause and those who suffer from colon cancer. A warm hand can make a world of difference! BY: Eleanor Yap   This spunky woman of 76 years’ young, Dincy Lim, is determined to make a mark through...