Dr Ganesh Ramalingam: A blood test to detect gastric cancer? An endoscopy is still the way to go

One of the leading causes1 of cancer-related deaths is gastric cancer. This type of cancer may show little to no symptoms at all during its early stages – a reason why it becomes more difficult to treat when discovered at a later time. More than 300 lives succumb to gastric cancer yearly in Singapore, according to the Singapore Cancer Society.2

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Do I need an endoscopy, colonoscopy or gastroscopy? Dr Ganesh weighs in

Many of you may have heard of the terms “endoscopy”, “colonoscopy” or “gastroscopy”, especially when we go to the doctor for a tummy ache or vomiting. But what are all these scopes and what exactly do they do for us? The terms that doctors throw around can be confusing to the layman audience, so let me help you understand them in the simplest way possible, no sweat!

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Dr Ganesh Ramalingam: Could your gut health be the source of your stress?

Have you experienced “butterflies in your stomach” or just had a strong “gut feeling” in difficult situations? There’s a good reason why these terms came about – the gastrointestinal tract is inextricably linked to the brain, and stresses from the environment can send signals from the brain to the gut and vice versa, which produces these physical symptoms of the digestive system. This is why you often feel the need to go to the toilet when you are nervous or anxious about something. 

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Is your lifestyle the issue? Dr Ganesh Ramalingam guide to colorectal cancer (2021)

Approximately 5 Singaporeans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every day. It is one of the 3 leading cancers in Singapore, regardless of gender and ethnicity. It is more common in men than in women, but harder to diagnose in women because it may be wrongly attributed to menstruation or other gynaecological problems. Read more about colorectal cancer in women here.

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How is hiatal hernia related to GERD?

You may have heard of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly associated with symptoms of heartburn that are commonplace in Singapore. You may also have seen that hiatal hernia, the protrusion of You may have heard of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly associated with symptoms of heartburn that are commonplace in Singapore.

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The differences between Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD: A doctor’s guide

Heartburn, acid reflux and GERD are common in Singapore, especially due to our love for spicy food and our irregular eating schedules on top of hectic work life. Because of our sedentary lifestyle, obesity is becoming a more prominent issue, and its effects can lead to heartburn, acid reflux and GERD. So, what does this trio refer to exactly, and how can you avoid them?

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Non-surgical weight loss: Dr Ganesh’s guide to gastric balloons in Singapore (2021)

Obesity is a problem that plagues Singapore due to our dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle, putting us at risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Eating in a caloric deficit and exercising can help us to shed some weight, but what if you’ve tried them all and nothing seems to work? Well, you might want to consider medical intervention to help you, such as through the use of bariatric surgery or gastric balloons.

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Bariatric Surgery: Dr Ganesh’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery (2021)

Still at a loss because your weight loss regime hasn’t worked? There’s one option that could help you – bariatric surgery. If you’re obese with a BMI over 40 and have other weight-related problems, bariatric surgery may be able to help you. When all else fails, bariatric surgery can help you to eat less, feel full and eventually lose weight. Let’s find out exactly how.

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Can I still eat out and prevent nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery in Singapore?

After successfully losing weight with bariatric surgery in Singapore, many patients go on to lead healthy, fulfilling lives, including having kids despite the initial rapid weight loss. However, a handful of patients also face nutritional deficiencies, which occurs when the body doesn’t get the necessary amount of nutrients it needs. Deficiencies can lead to a variety of health problems over time, including skin disorders, bone diseases and even dementia.

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