Thursday, 20 June 2019

What is Cantonese cancer?

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma or nose cancer, is often referred to as Cantonese cancer because of its prevalence among the Chinese, particularly those from the Cantonese dialect group.

It affects the nasopharynx, which is the area behind the nose and above the back of the throat. The cells that line the nasopharynx can become cancerous and give rise to the condition, also referred to as NPC, according to the SingHealth website.


A painless lump in the neck is found in nearly 75% of newly diagnosed NPC, the website stated.

Individuals who see the following symptoms develop and persist - a painless lump in the neck, excessive nose discharge, blocking or bleeding, decreased hearing or ringing in the ears, pain or numbness in the face, double vision or headache - are advised to consult a doctor, it added.

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Lack of physical fitness linked with depression, anxiety in middle-aged women

Mid-life women with weak upper and lower body fitness may be more prone to depression and anxiety, a study from Singapore suggests.

In particular, poor handgrip strength and needing a long time to stand from a chair were associated with higher depression or anxiety symptoms, the study authors reported in the journal Menopause.

"Mid-life women globally are in an incredibly difficult position: sandwiched between children, ageing parents, husband and work commitments," said senior study author Yong Eu-Leong of the National University of Singapore.

"They sacrifice themselves in face of all these demands, and sometimes neglect their own needs," he told Reuters Health by email. "Anxiety and depression may go unrecognised."

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Weekly dengue cases in Singapore jump to a new three-year high

1) 467 dengue cases were reported in the week ending 15 June 2019

2) Cumulative No. of cases for 2019 (First 24 E-weeks): 5184 and clusters