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5 Health Problems in Women That Can Be Asymptomatic Until It’s Too Late

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As mamas we are always looking after our kids but what about ourselves? There are many health issues that may be asymptomatic which is why it’s important to make yourself a priority!

When was the last time you put yourself first, mama? You’re fine though right? No alarming health symptoms that you’re worried about? Even so, there are a few health issues common in women in their 30s to late 40s that are asymptomatic, which is why it’s so important to start regular health screenings to detect any issues as early as possible.

We outline 5 common health issues in women that may show little to no symptoms plus how you can ensure early detection with the right health screening.

1. Ovarian and Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is among the top 10 most common cancers affecting women in Singapore however ovarian and cervical cancers don’t typically cause significant symptoms until they’ve begun to spread into the surrounding tissue. In the early stages of these cancers, many people don’t notice any symptoms at all. Left undetected, the cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body, potentially spreading to the uterus and ovaries to the point where more aggressive treatment such as a hysterectomy becomes necessary.

How is it detected?
99% of cervical cancer is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) which can be easily detected with an HPV test or Pap smear at Gleneagles Hospital. If you are sexually active, cervical cancer screening tests should be performed every 3 years until the age of 30, and subsequently every 5 years if tests are normal. Read more about the screening and treatment here.

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2. Diabetes

According to MOH, one in three individuals in Singapore is at risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy by breaking it down into sugar (glucose) and releasing it into your bloodstream. Those older than 40, who have a family history of diabetes, stroke or heart attack, and those who are overweight, are at high risk of diabetes.

How is it detected?

Doctors at Gleneagles Hospital can diagnose diabetes, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes using simple blood tests. Once you are aware of any issues or if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you’ll be glad to know that it can be prevented by simple changes in your lifestyle including getting more sleep, exercise and changing your diet.

3. Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is the eighth most common cancer affecting women in Singapore. It affects the thyroid gland, a small gland at the base of the neck that produces hormones. It’s most common in people in their 30s and those over the age of 60. Women are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop it than men. Symptoms of thyroid cancer depend on the type of cancer, but most present as a visible lump in the neck or are discovered as thyroid nodules (small swelling) on medical imaging done for other reasons.

How is it detected?

An endocrinologist (hormone specialist) at Gleneagles Hospital can evaluate thyroid lumps or nodules with an ultrasound, which is affordable, safe and easily available.

Health screenings can pick up diseases that have no symptoms

4. Endometriosis or other gynaecological issues

Endometriosis is a painful condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of it, and on organs such as the ovaries and around the pelvis. Endometriosis can cause very painful periods and may only be discovered when women seek help for fertility issues. If you experience severely painful cramps, heavy bleeding, irregular periods or pelvic pain, these are all signs of a gynaecological issue that should be looked at by a specialist.

How is it detected?

Speak to a gynaecologist who can advise detection including a pelvic exam or ultrasound. Once you understand your condition gynaecologists can best recommend how to customise a suitable treatment plan.

5. Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a disease where cells in the breast grow out of control. Each year, over 2,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. 1 in 13 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. Some women do not have any signs or symptoms of breast cancer at all which is why it’s always best to detect this cancer early.

How is it detected?

Do a monthly breast self-examination and regular mammograms so you can detect any slight changes in size/shape or feel. If left untreated, the cancer cells tend to spread to the lymph nodes in the underarm area and enter the lymphatic system, spreading to other areas of the body.

As a mother always attending to the family’s needs, it’s so important that you make time to get exercise, eat healthily, sleep well and do regular health screenings as early detection and prevention are always better than cure! Gleneagles Hospital has got your back with a variety of health screening packages. Known as a warm, caring and reliable healthcare partner that you can count on, every step of the way, Gleneagles Hospital is “On Your Side” to address any health concerns together with you.

 Your health is a priority. Why not get that health screening booked today? It’s hassle-free, simply get in touch with Gleneagles Hospital and speak to their multi-disciplinary and experienced team to find a health screening that suits.

Gleneagles Hospital, 6A Napier Rd, Singapore 258500, WhatsApp: (+65) 8111 9777; Tel: (+65) 6575 7575,

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