Life-threatening diseases, including cancer, are becoming more common, especially with our ageing population.
When an elderly person is diagnosed with such conditions, it is usually in the later stages and, thus, the chances of being completely cured are slim.
However, if the disease is detected in the early stages, it may be possible to nip it in the bud, saving not only lives but resources and effort.
For women, the fees for Pap smears and mammograms are affordable due to subsidies, but many women still do not have them done regularly.
Perhaps, there could be a reminder sent to women when they are due for their screenings.
For those at a higher risk of cancer involving the reproductive organs, doctors could offer advice on the specific processes for detecting the disease as early as possible.
Also, they could be made aware of procedures such as colonoscopies, which can detect any abnormalities in the large intestine.
The onus is on us to take charge of our own health by going for regular health screenings.
With such screenings being affordable and easily accessible, there is a higher chance of recovery due to early detection of diseases.
Lim Lih Mei (Ms)