Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Skin cancer hits younger patients

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Dr Angeline Yong, consultant dermatologist at Angeline Yong Dermatology, said there has been a rising trend in the incidence of skin cancer in both men and women over the last 40 years.

On how there seems to be more anecdotal evidence of more people under 65 being diagnosed with skin cancer, she said: "It is unclear whether the increase in reported cases is due to an actual increase in incidence rate or a result of increased awareness regarding the disease and more health-seeking behaviour among the younger population."

But patients who are in their 20s and 30s tend to present more aggressive forms of cancer that develop and grow much quicker, she added.

While skin cancer - its number one risk factor is long-term sun damage caused by ultraviolet radiation - can be fatal, most forms are easily treatable if diagnosed early.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/skin-cancer-hits-younger-patients

Forum: Stop treating green spaces as land banks

In Singapore, the fate of green spaces has always been decided by their economic value rather than their environmental benefits.

Economic development has triumphed over conservation here ever since the early years of Singapore's history.

Even with the apparent diminishing of natural green spaces, deforestation is still happening to make way for economic progress.

With the recent launch of Tengah Forest Town, 700ha of secondary forest is to be cleared for urban infrastructure like housing and transport, despite the potentially huge negative environmental impact.

The Government's approach to establishing a compromise between environmental conservation and economic development is to plant more trees in urbanised areas and to "rebrand" deforested areas to make them look "green".

Some of these examples include the aforementioned Tengah Forest Town and Eco-Link @ BKE.

These approaches may look good on paper, however, it is not sufficient to replace natural vegetation with man-made ones.

These natural green areas are important habitats for Singapore's natural flora and fauna.

Even though there have been efforts to strike a balance between conservation and economic growth, most of the time, the latter is given more weight.

The Government should see the value in keeping natural green spaces.

We have to find ways to coexist with the remaining precious greenery that we have.

I am not suggesting that we take economic growth out of the picture, but rather place more emphasis on conservation.

Our approach towards environmental conservation needs to change. We need to protect the precious natural green spaces we have and not just view them as land banks to be tapped for development whenever we like in the name of economic growth.

Jay Lew Jie Sheng

Ref: http://str.sg/JieA

My photo - Heron landing

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Fasting for 24 hours once per month helped patients with cardiovascular problems live longer

Periodic fasting could lengthen the lifespan of patients with heart problems, a new study suggests.

The concept, known as intermittent fasting, involves people going without food or drink for the majority of the day, if not the whole day.

Researchers found that patients who had a catheter threaded to their heart to treat a cardiovascular condition - and practiced intermittent fasting - lived longer than patients who didn't fast.

The team, from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, also found that intermittent fasting patients were less likely to be diagnosed with heart failure.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7691017/Intermittent-fasting-helped-patients-heart-issues-live-longer-study-suggests.html