17 Sep '11, 11am

Nose cancer on the decline in Singapore: SINGAPORE: It was just a tiny lump at the back of his neck, but instinc...

Nose cancer on the decline in Singapore: SINGAPORE: It was just a tiny lump at the back of his neck, but instinc...

SINGAPORE: It was just a tiny lump at the back of his neck, but instinct told 57-year-old Teo Thiam Chye that something was amiss. After checking with a ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon, he was diagnosed with early-stage nasopharyngeal cancer. One treatment option is the maxillary swing surgery - where half the patient's face is cut out to gain access to the tumour. But Mr Teo opted for the less invasive mid-facial degloving procedure. Mr Teo said: "Immediately after the operation when I woke up from the anaesthesia, the first question the nurse asked me was 'Mr Teo, are you awake?' And my reply was 'Am I still handsome?'... It was something I think my wife was very pleased with because if you look at me now, there are no scars on my face." While nasopharyngeal cancer is quite rare in most parts of the world, it is more common in certain parts of Asia. The Singapore Canc...

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