This recent article from the Singapore Straits Times highlighted an increase in the incidence in Breast & Prostate cancers within the more effluent society - living longer and leading more sedentary (& overweight) lifestyles.
The Cancer screening programme in Singapore for Cervical (with regular PAP smears), Breast (regular mammography/ultrasound) and Colorectal (with stool occult blood) can help in early detection of these cancers and better treatment chances if detected early.
If you are aged 40 or over, you may benefit from screening for these common cancers. At Katong Family Clinic we will be happy to advise you with screening recommendations based on your personal risk factors and medical history.
This recent artlcle about diphtheria shows the importance of keeping up with our regular vaccinations. Highly contagious infectious diseases like diphtheria can quickly become a threat, even in a place which has an excellent and comprehensive childhood vaccination programme with high rates of uptake like Singapore.
There always remains a minority who cannot be vaccinated due to health problems or who travel into Singapore from places where the vaccination programme is not robust. This incident serves to show the importance of continuing to vaccinate our population even though the disease is rare.
Herd (community) immunity works to help resist the spread of a contagious disease within a population only when high proportion of individuals are protected (vaccinated) to the disease.
Come down to Katong Family Clinic where our Doctors can help discuss about improving & maintaining your general health; and also keep up to date with your vaccination status!
Dr Sarah Packer is a Family Physician with a special interest in women's and children's health.