Dr Ganesh Ramalingam: Why do women with gynaecological cancers have a higher risk of colorectal cancer?

A recent report by the Singapore Cancer Registry1 found that colorectal cancer is one of the top three cancers diagnosed locally. In fact, the increasingly rampant cancer now accounts for 1 in 7 in Singaporean women (1 in 6 for men), with Chinese individuals being most at risk.

Continue reading

Dr Ganesh Ramalingam’s guide to seeing a general surgeon in Singapore (2022)

Gut feelings. Every individual has their own unique cocktail of bacteria in their gut, and multiple factors, such as diet, lifestyle, and stress, can either turn this cocktail into a 5-star staycation margarita, or a diluted slosh that drastically lowers1 your quality of life.

Continue reading

Colonoscopy Screening in 2022: A Guide by Dr Ganesh Ramalingam

Colorectal cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Singapore with around 1200 new cases every year.1 Male Chinese Singaporeans are at the highest risk of colorectal cancer.

Early screening via colonoscopies can detect them and improve the likelihood of recovery.

So, what does a colonoscopy entail and how do I prepare for it? Is it Medisave claimable? This ultimate guide will give you a detailed insight into colonoscopy in Singapore.

Continue reading

Dr Ganesh: Why you should be aware of stomach polyps, the potentially dangerous growths anyone can develop

I have been seeing an increasing number of patients coming to me complaining about stomach problems such as indigestion, stomach pain, heartburn or fatigue. Of course, this can often be attributed to signs of stress, exhaustion, or any of the numerous difficult life events we face every day.

Continue reading

Don’t Ignore Abnormalities In Your Bowel Movements – They Could Be Signs Of Colorectal Cancer

Been experiencing stomach ailments or a change in bowel habits lately? In recent years, I’ve seen more patients coming to me with bowel movement problems. While most aren’t serious issues, having bowel movement issues too frequently or experiencing certain symptoms can mean a bigger health problem – like colorectal cancer. Before you brush aside the possibility, here are some statistics that will show how common colorectal cancer actually is.

Continue reading

Guide to Hernia Surgery Singapore 2021 by Dr Ganesh Ramalingam: Who needs it?

In my years of practice, I’ve done many surgeries, with one of the most common being hernia repair surgery. Since hernias can happen to almost anyone due to the nature of how a hernia is formed, I thought it would be good to share my knowledge of hernias and how to treat them should surgery be required.

Continue reading

Colonoscopy in Singapore 2021 by Dr Ganesh Ramalingam: All you need to know

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure to visually image the lining of your colon in order to examine it for any irregularities. Colonoscopies are usually carried out by general surgeons or Gastroenterologists. A long and soft tube with a camera & light known as a Colonoscope is carefully inserted via the anus, carrying a live image to a screen which allows the doctor to examine the colon, all the way to the exit of the small intestine.

Continue reading