Sunday, February 15, 2015

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong diagnosed with prostate cancer

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (63) has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and  will undergo surgery to remove his prostate gland on Monday 16 February 2015 according to a press release published by Prime Minister Office[1].

According to the press release, a suspicious lesion was discovered in MRI in January this year and a biopsy unfortunately showed that PM Lee has prostate cancer. PM Lee will go for the surgery tomorrow (Monday February 16th). The robot-assisted keyhole prostatectomy will be carried out by Prof Christopher Cheng, the lead Urologist at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

PM Lee is expected to recover fully.[2]

Lee Hsien Loong, the third and current Prime Minister of Singapore, and has been in office since 2004. He is the elder son of Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is the development of cancer in the prostate, a part of the male reproductive system that helps make and store seminal fluid. Age is an important risk factor alongside genetics, diet and obesity. 99% of the prostate cancer cases are in males over 50 years old.

According to Prime Minister's office Data from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre show that patients with similar medical profile and treatment have a cancer specific survival rate of 99% at 15 years.

[2] - PM Lee diagnosed with prostate cancer

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