National Health Survey, Singapore, 2004

Only a small selection of the results from the National Health Survey 2004 could be included in the poster, due to space constraints.

Here, you can find out more about the 2004 National Health Survey, which was conducted from September to December 2004.

National Health Survey, 2004

Because the major causes of morbidity and mortality among Singaporeans are cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and stroke, it is important to understand the prevalence of the common risk factors such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.

This 6-yearly national survey measured the prevalence of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, obesity, regular exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption in a random sample of 4,168 Singaporeans aged 18 to 74 years. It also measured the level of awareness of screening for cervical and breast cancer among adult women.

Findings were compared with those from the 1992 and 1998 National Health Surveys, to assess the changes in the levels of these risk factors for cardiovascular diseases among Singaporeans.

The results of the Survey will help the Ministry of Health to draw up its policies and plan further strategies to empower Singaporeans to adopt healthy lifestyles. These results also help the Ministry monitor its progress towards achievement of long-term targets for control of major non-communicable diseases and their risk factors that have been set for 2010.

A copy of the publication can be obtained from the website of the Ministry of Health, Singapore:

http://www.moh.gov.sg/mohcorp/publicationsreports.aspx?id=2984

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