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I Am And I Will: 5 steps to start reducing your cancer risk

Globally,
Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide9.6 million people die from cancer every year The number of deaths from cancer will double in the next 10 yrs (by 2030) According to the Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Registry Report 2015,
35 people are diagnosed with cancer every day in SingaporeMen: Highest incidence of colorectal cancer followed by lung cancerWomen: Highest incidence of breast cancer followed by colorectal cancer Good news: Prevention is better than cure
At least 1/3rd of common cancers are preventable3.7 million lives can be saved yearly through prevention, early detection and timely treatment. Know your risk Chances that you have a higher risk of cancer are partly unavoidable such as age and genetic predisposition. Organ transplants, AIDS or HIV infection, as well as immunosuppressant drugs for other medical conditions, can weaken your immune systems, which increases your risk of cancer. Exposure to carcinogens is also directly proportional to an…

How to manage outbreaks in the face of a healthcare crisis

Dr. Snehal Patel, CEO and Co-Founder, MyDoc

When the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the recent 2019-nCoV Novel Coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), I was in Bangkok speaking to a few business partners about expanding our digital healthcare services in the country. Naturally, in Thailand, there were a lot of concerns surrounding the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, more commonly referred to as the Wuhan virus.

Ever since the first reported case outside of China was announced on the 13th of January in Thailand, our clinical team has been closely monitoring the situation. When it hit Singapore 10 days later, just before the Chinese New Year break, our team was not preparing for the festivities, but rather preparing for a crisis. We knew our digital healthcare platform had the capability to respond quickly to the epidemic that was fast turning into a pandemic.


First, let me quash some rumours: The latest coronavirus outbreak is not the faste…