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Breast and Prostate Cancers Rising Sharply in Singapore


Source: The Straits Times, 21 June 2017

There are more and more women and men getting cancer in Singapore, especially breast cancer for women rising more than double while prostate cancer for men rising more than five times.  However, with the advancement of medical technology, those cancer patients with early stage cancer have a higher chance of survival.

The top 5 cancers for men are prostate, lung, colo-rectum, liver and blood cancers, while the top 5 cancers for women are breast, colo-rectum, lung, uterus and ovarian cancers.

Therefore it is very important for us to go for regular medical checkup and ensure sufficient cancer coverage to give us a peace of mind should it happens. It is also important to ensure that our existing cancer coverage covers early stage cancer as well, so that we can use the claim to tide us over the difficulty period should we are not working for a period of time to go for various follow up treatments for the cancer.

How about you? Do you go for regular medical checkup with sufficient cancer coverage to have a peace of mind?


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4 shifts in Singapore’s approach to healthcare

Source: Channel Newsasia 10 Feb 2015

Source: Channel Newsasia 10 Feb 2015

Singapore’s three-pronged approaches in having a good healthcare system are: – Firstly is to focus on public health such as investing in basic sanitation, compulsory vaccination and mass education. Secondly, a system that allows one to pay for his medical treatment via his insurance coverage Thirdly, to balance in healthcare financing between individuals, insurance and government, with official grants augment by mandatory savings in the form of Medisave, MediShield and Medifund. With MediShield Life being a more encompassing scheme and insurance premiums will go higher, the government is subsidising the insurance premium to keep them affordable, particularly for the lower-income households. Sustaining a good healthcare is an on-going challenge due to progression in medical science, ageing population and the increase in diseases.

In these aspect, Singapore has made four shifts to its healthcare approach.

  1. Provide an all-inclusive support through the Community Health Assist Scheme to subsidies outpatient treatment for lower or middle-class Singaporeans at private GPs.
  2. MediShield Life to replace MediShield to better manage high medical bills.
  3. Give people better, less-costly healthcare in their vicinity by building community hospitals and improving access to polyclinics and GPs.
  4. Campaigns to promote healthier food choices and Active Ageing such as cycling connectors to encourage Singaporeans to be more health-conscious

Do you already have an existing comprehensive medical insurance in place with the private insurers or do you prefer to get yourself protected with MediShield Life? When it comes to big medical bills, do you have enough savings to pay for it if you are under the MediShield Life Scheme? How about your health? Do you exercise regularly to keep yourself fit and healthy?

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Prostate Cancer: Third-most-common cancer among men in S’pore

Source: TODAY  16 Feb 2015

Source: TODAY 16 Feb 2015

Prostate cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in Singaporean men after colorectal and lung cancer. The cancer forms in tissues of the prostate, which is a gland in the male reproductive system below the bladder which surrounds part of the urethra. Prostate cancer generally affects men who are above 50 and is mostly diagnosed in men above 70. The degree of seriousness of this disease is determined by the state of health, degree of the disease and response to the therapy.

Do you always go for full body annual medical check up? What happens if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer? Do you have a critical illness plan in place should you are diagnosed with cancer? What will happen do your daily expenses should you can’t work for a period of time during treatment?

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Raising the lupus alarm

Source: The Straits Times 25 Jan 2015

Source: The Straits Times 25 Jan 2015

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is diagnosed in at least 1 out of 10 people here in Singapore. Such conditions occurred nine times more in woman than in man and causes irreversible inflammation of organs during the prime of their lives. Over the years, many people are still unaware of such diseases although SGH and NUH have seen more lupus patients, possibly be attributed to the growing population or the increased ubiquity of the disease. In lupus, the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy body tissues, joints and organs, causing minor rashes or serious organ involvement which may lead to death. When a flare occurs, a patient’s heart, kidney and brain can be irreversibly damaged. Albeit incurable, it can be controlled with corticosteroids that will calm down a body’s overactive immune system. With regular treatments, nine in ten patients survive more than ten years. Therefore it is essential for patients to also manage their health alongside with medical care from the nurses. Survival rate remained stagnant since the 1990s as the cause of rheumatological disease remains unknown. There are 13 common symptoms which include fatigue, fever, and chest pain and hair loss. Those with such conditions for two weeks should seek a doctor immediately.

It is very important for us to do annual full body checkup so that we can detect any symptoms early and seek medical treatment for it. Do you have a medical insurance plan that covered Systemic lupus erythematosus, especially if you are a woman?

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