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17
Apr

Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

When it comes to breast cancer, there are two definite facts: one out of eight women will be diagnosed with the disease, and that this disease is the top cause of cancer-related deaths among women in Singapore. Still, there are a lot of information about the disease that’s just not true. To clear things up, this article tackles misinformation about breast cancer so that you can make more informed decisions with regards to your health.

1. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Occurs to Women

Fact: Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too, although it’s a hundred times less common among them. For men, the lifetime risk of acquiring breast cancer is about one in 1,000. Diagnoses of the disease usually come at the later stage for men, which causes the significant increase in their mortality rate. Some of the signs of breast cancer among men include lumps, swelling, nipple discharge, and skin dimpling.

2. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Happen to Older Women

Fact: When it comes to age, breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. Although increasing age is a risk factor for getting breast cancer, it doesn’t mean that younger women are not vulnerable to the disease. In fact, it tends to be more aggressive in younger women. To better understand your risk of acquiring breast cancer, know your family history – both maternal and paternal histories – and consult your doctor.

3. MYTH: Every Breast Cancer is the Same

Fact: According to a study conducted by Singapore health experts, there are different types of breast cancer. Researchers are now discovering that the major subtypes of the disease – HER2-Positive, Triple Negative, and Luminal A and B – can be further classified into sub-categories with different progression patterns and response to treatment, which opens the door to more individualized treatment plans.

4. MYTH: The Disease is Always in the Form of Lump

Fact: Lump formation is a sign of breast cancer, but there are other signs during your breast cancer screening in Singapore that can point to a breast cancer diagnosis, such as skin irritation, nipple inversion, swelling, redness, or discharge other than breast milk.

5. MYTH: Deodorant and Wired Bras Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Fact: This is one misinformation that has been easily debunked by research. A study conducted by a group of health experts found that bra-wearing habits, such as using an underwire bra or number of hours worn, are not linked with an increased risk of breast cancer among post-menopausal women. In addition, there’s no conclusive evidence associating the use of deodorants and antiperspirants with developing breast cancer Singapore.

6. MYTH: Regular Mammograms are Not Necessary

Fact: Although proper diet and exercise reduces the risk of getting breast cancer, scientists still don’t fully understand what really causes breast cancer – or the impact of other factors – and that’s why health experts recommend having regular mammogram screenings as an integral part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Visit your doctor to know when you should start having an annual mammogram screening, since the age you should start getting them may vary depending on the medical history of your family.

7. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Affects Those with Family History of the Disease

Fact: Unfortunately, anyone can be diagnosed with breast cancer. About 70 percent of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer had no identifiable risk factors. Still, having a first-degree family member (sibling, parent or child) with breast cancer doubles your risk of acquiring the disease, but it’s still possible to get it even without any family history.

8. MYTH: Busty Women Are More Likely to Get Breast Cancer

Fact: Breast size doesn’t really contribute to breast cancer Singapore, but breast density does. Breasts with higher densities have an increased likelihood of getting breast cancer. The only sure way to know about your breast density is to have a mammogram screening, but do know that breast density is typically lower in large breasts.

9. MYTH: Mastectomy is Needed if You’re Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Fact: Although it’s necessary in some cases, this belief is not entirely true. Depending on the stage of your breast cancer, your oncologist may recommend undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, mastectomy, or a combination of these treatments. Diagnosis of breast cancer, especially if it’s detected early enough, doesn’t always mean that you’ll lose the affected breast.

10. MYTH: Miscarriage and Abortion Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Fact: While there are evidences that having children before the age of 30 reduces the risk of developing breast cancer, there’s no research to support the idea that early end of pregnancy through abortion or miscarriage could increase one’s risk of getting breast cancer.

11. MYTH: Breast Implants Causes Breast Cancer

Fact: A good news for those who are thinking of reducing or enhancing their bust size is that there’s no proven link between increased breast cancer risk and breast plastic surgeries. Implants can make mammograms difficult, but it won’t increase your chances of developing the disease. In fact, women who’ll undergo breast reduction surgery might see a decrease in their breast cancer risk.

12. MYTH: Radiation Emitted by Screening Tests Causes Breast Cancer

Fact: Although mammograms give off a small amount of radiation, its radiation dose is much lesser than a standard chest X-ray. It’s such a low level that it won’t increase your breast cancer risk. Also, know that ultrasounds and MRIs (Magnetic Resource Imaging), which can also be used to screen breast cancer, contain no radiation at all.
Armed with these breast cancer facts, you’re now capable of reducing your risk of developing the disease or planning a treatment in case you develop breast cancer.

15
Jan

Guidelines in Finding the Best Fitness Supplements

 

When heading to the health and fitness center, you need to take supplements in order to support your nutritional needs. There are several choices available in the marketplace; nonetheless, this can make deciding daunting for you especially as a newcomer in fitness center. You don’t need to start weak though. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss a couple of tips how you can narrow down your list and ascertain what gym supplements would work best for you.

  1. Classify the needs you must have

Never permit sales agents tell you what you need. When you purchase a supplement, think about first what exactly you’re seeking out in a product. Otherwise, you might just be spending money on something you do not need. Identify the objective you would like to obtain as you go the workout center and in line with that, clearly define what you need in the supplement to help you with. Do you want gym supplements that encourage muscle growth so you’ll not have to count on weightlifting or resistance training programs alone to develop your figure?

Have you always experienced problems undertaking your nutritional needs purely from food stuff, and want health supplements that can fill your body’s requirement for vitamins and nutrients? Are you presently worried that your system will not be able to adjust as fast on your different regimen and that it might destruct your health? When you’ve listed these factors down, you should begin polishing your possible choices. You do not have to go around online stores aimlessly.

 

  1. Look at the substances

After you’ve reduced down your choices, it’s time to analyze the list of ingredients. You don’t have to read about all technical information before you can determine if a number of supplements will be a great fit for your needs. Just do some research regarding the adverse effects of components on the product and spend some time in examining precision of information you discover.

In order to make things less complicated, start browsing in advance to not have information overload. You don’t need to dedicate your entire weekends or nights after doing work for your serious exploration. You can also seek the advice of your pharmacist for expert assistance. You will need this especially if you’re consuming prescribed drugs right now. Be sure that the gym supplements wouldn’t disrupt your medications.

 

  1. Read customer feedback

The other way you can determine the effectiveness of a product is by reading product reviews. You cannot definitely believe what is written on product information simply because the content is designed for promotional purposes. However, you can browse the world-wide-web to look for individuals that honestly used the products. Be careful of all out reviews that are positive that provide you useless information. Take note, however, that people have particular preferences. If you check out one undesirable review, don’t feel disheartened right away.

Check out the substance of the testimonials. In case you’re confident with it, you can also send a personal message to any person, specifically if you see you have similar cases, and privately enquire about their experience using the supplements. While you’re at it, check the profile of the person too. This can help make the interaction a bit less awkward if you can start smooth; let’s say you can discuss more of your corresponding interests with the person.

You can also start ordering in smaller quantities or any item at a less expensive price in order to ensure that shipping goes efficiently and very quickly. If you’re provided with a tracking information, well then that’s really good. You can effortlessly verify the status of your item. If you are completely happy just how the transaction goes, then again, that’s a great sign you can go ahead and get the supplements from the web-based shop.

09
Mar

10 Things You Can Learn from Chronically Ill People

 

I have diabetes. My condition requires constant monitoring and a considerable part of my income goes to my food and medication. It’s not all bad though. Living with a chronic health problem such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis or lupus could teach people valuable lessons like:

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  1. Everyone fighting their own battles. Not all health problems have visible signs. That apparently healthy man who parked at a space reserved for the disabled? Maybe he’s not really a jerk, but has a heart condition that makes him easily fatigued.

 

  1. It’s harder for some people to be happy. If you continuously have to worry about your health, all while silently bearing its painful effects, you’d find it harder to keep a smile on your face too.

 

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. People with a chronic illness have limited energies, so over time they become good at attending to their priorities. They make the most of what they have and don’t bother about things that don’t really matter.

 

  1. Special treatment is nice, but being normal is better. Sick people are treated more nicely and are often better accommodated. But do you know what would be better than that? Being treated like a normal person – honestly and without being patronized – and being able to do everything you need by yourself.

 

  1. Most people take their health for granted. The Singapore Government has a good system for taking care of the sick and those and need. But if you’re chronically ill, you realize this could be made even better, and you become an advocate for health insurance and healthy living.
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  1. You have to enjoy what you have. If your maintenance medication already takes a third of your monthly income, you spend more wisely and learn to be satisfied with what possessions you already have.

 

  1. Problems can make you a better person. It’s true: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. (Or at least it’s true psychologically). Battling a chronic health problem makes us more resilient to setbacks because we’re used to life being an uphill battle. We can shrug off some problems that would devastate other people.

 

  1. Some days are just not for you. Healthy people can have bad hair days. Chronically ill people have bad all body days. When that happens, we just try to find comfort in the fact that things will be better tomorrow.

 

  1. We can teach you how to take care of your body. We’re a one-man information drive and awareness program of our respective conditions. We spend long periods of time consulting with health professionals and we pass on the knowledge we get from them to our family and friends.

 

  1. Life’s what you make of it. Any serious health problem or a disability will force you to reevaluate your life and how you want to experience it. Would you just mope around and feel sorry for yourself? Or would you keep on giving it your best and just be thankful for what you have?

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21
Oct

Tips for Mitigating Hangovers

 

Drinking is normal here in Singapore especially after a day’s work. There is nothing wrong if we drink and laugh with our friends or colleagues but the aftermath will be uncomfortable that we do not want to drink again. Despite the discomfort, we still drink anyway.

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For those who do not want to miss the drinking for the world, there are useful hangover tips that we have to consider. Hangover is inevitable but we can lessen its effects through the following:

  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach: We know that we will drink and that is our advantage. When we know drinking is looming, we have to make sure that we eat enough. Others believe that greasy foods help prevent bad hangovers.
  • Avoid mixing drinks: Alcohols are toxins and we have to give it time to process it. If we mix beer with hard liquor, we are just hastening the absorption.

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  • Drink water in between shots: Hangover is the body’s way of telling us that it needs more water. It would be useful if we drink water in between shots of liquor or beer.

 

  • Choose lighter drinks: We have to remember that darker alcohol is high in congeners. Congeners are a by-product of fermentation and are believed to be the main reason for hangover. The best and wise thing to do is to choose light colored drinks.

The things mentioned above can lessen if not avoid that dreaded hangover. We just need to follow it and not ignore it. The important thing here is we hydrate ourselves in order to hasten our recovery.

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31
Oct

Everything You Need to Know about Atopic Dermatitis

Not all people here in Singapore know they have a skin problem called atopic dermatitis or commonly called eczema. It is a skin condition that begins during infancy and pursues through childhood. There are many who outgrew this condition but there are others who continue to have this through adulthood. You have to know that there are many types of eczema.

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Types of eczema include contact eczema, allergic contact eczema, dyshidriotic eczema, seborrheic eczema, nummular eczema, statis dermatitis and neurodermatitis. If you want to know about these conditions, you should consult your dermatologists or just look for references. Moving on, atopic dermatitis affects people who live in dry climates and cities. It is no wonder why some Singaporeans suffer such. Atopic dermatitis both affects men and women.

You wonder what really causes eczema. There are many possible causes but for a start, experts say that it is the combination of environmental and hereditary factors. When you speak of environmental factors, it include irritants (like soaps, shampoos, detergents, vegetable and meats), allergens (like pollens, dust mites, mould and dandruff) and foods (like soy products, dairy products, wheat, eggs and nuts).

People who have this condition will experience periods where their symptoms worsen or flare up but there will come a time when their symptoms will improve. Symptoms that will manifest if you have this condition include rashes that become bumpy, rashes that darken and rashes that will appear in elbows, neck and knees. The appearance of the affected skin will vary depending on how much it is scratched.

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You have to keep in mind that scratching and rubbing the affected area will lead to irritation and infections. In fact, it will increase the inflammation thereby making the itch worse. If you think you have this condition, you should consult your dermatologists right away. Doctors will agree that there is no single test that can diagnose eczema. The doctor will need to see you multiple times before they make the right diagnosis.

There are many specialists here in Singapore that you can go to. Do not worry about it. The next thing that you should consider is the treatment and prevention of eczema. Truthfully, there is no overall cure for the condition. Doctors only aim to heal the affected skin and prevent flaring up. The treatment will focus on alleviating the symptoms.

Here are some things that you can do: take regular warm baths, moisturize skin every day, wear soft fabrics, use mild soaps, learn what triggers your condition and avoid them, use humidifier and many more. Doctors will prescribe topical creams and ointments.

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06
Apr

New Healthcare Solutions

gov_healthcareThere is no doubt that Singapore is the primary medical hub in the region. The healthcare of Singapore concentrates on utilizing technology and conducting research to increase its efficiency. In this particular case, there are new healthcare solutions made by the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP).

There are four prototypes developed by KTPH and NP. The two agencies collaborated to make the lives of the elders easy and better. This is the answer for the ageing population of Singapore. These new innovations will also help healthcare professionals to focus on their patients. If you want to know the four prototypes, here’s a look:

  • Touch It: Touch It is an innovation that is created to gauge the patient’s reaction or reflex time to calculate the probability of him/her falling. Falling is one of the biggest problems of the elders.
  • Sense Me: Sense me is an innovation that is created for the nurses. If the patient is in the toilet and he/she collapsed, the device will alert the nurses. This is to give assistance right away.
  • hitech healthcareLight Up: Light Up is an innovation that is developed to alert the healthcare providers or family members when the patient tries to get out of the bed. The device will light up if it detects motion.
  • Tap & Step: Tap & Step is an innovation that is developed to delay the beginning of dementia. This device will specifically stimulate the minds of the patients. Dementia refers to the intellectual and cognitive decline.

The innovations made by KTPH and NP are easy to handle and meet the standards. Healthcare professionals and the patients needs not to worry about this.

21
Feb

The Benefits of a Good Laugh

Are you familiar with medical clowning? This is an idea developed at Haifa University, Israel. Patients of the Children’s Cancer Foundation here in Singapore got to see and experience medical clowning. “Dush the clown” along with some toys, balloon animals and hand puppets aim to give smile and happiness to children. Medical clowning is also therapeutic for elderly especially for those who are enduring dementia.

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Medical clowning will help reduce patient’s fears. Apart from that, medical clowning can also assist patients to recuperate faster. Laughing is indeed the best medicine. There are many benefits of a good laugh. Here are some benefits of a good laugh:

1.       Boosts immune system

You may find laughing irrelevant when it comes to boosting your immune system but that is where you are wrong. Laughing can indeed boost the immune system. Research found that when you laugh, you release IgA (immunoglobulin A) which can fight infections and bacteria.

2.       Decreases stress

No doubt that laughing can decrease stress levels. You should know that when you laugh, stress hormones (like epinephrine and cortisol) will decrease. The presence of these hormones can restrain the immune system.

3.       Makes coping easier

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There are things that we cannot control in life. You lost a loved one or a job; it is disheartening but if you laugh, you will surely feel light and at ease. Laughing can indeed make coping easier. Yes, we cannot control things but we can control how we react to such things.

4.       Improves blood flow and pressure

You may not believe it but laughter can improve blood flow and pressure. Research found out that laughter revives blood circulation and amplifies blood’s oxygenation. Laughter, simple as it may seem, can improve cardiovascular health.

There are many benefits that you will find. Regardless of what you are going through or what you want to get rid of, it is important that you start laughing.

 

29
Jan

Possible Complications of Liposuction

You can freely consider liposuction if you have money and you feel you need it. But you need to be aware of its ill effects should it fail. They say that liposuction is relatively harmless but there are others that experienced complications. Here in Singapore, there was a man who died because of liposuction. The doctors who performed the procedure are facing serious charges. The two doctors were banned from doing the procedure. What are the risks of liposuction?

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Here’s an idea:

Common Side Effects:

Liposuction is not perfect. It has side effects but rest assured that the side effects can be contained. Common side effects of liposuction include temporary bruising, soreness, swelling and numbness around the affected areas. Apart from that, you can see minor scarring around the affection areas and irritation may happen. You will also notice a loose skin after a few months. Ideally, the skin should pull back after a few months.

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Uncommon Side Effects

There are people who experienced uncommon side effects. There are people who may experience lasting skin colour changes. There are others who endure uneven skin. Liposuction can spoil the skin and its nerves.

Dangerous Complications

God forbid, liposuction can also bring harmful complications. There are people who died from complications like excessive fluid and blood loss. It can also cause blood clotting. There are chances for an infection. A person may experience pulmonary edema (an accumulation of fluid in the lungs). Just pray that you will not endure toxic reaction. But these complications rarely happen.

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Knowing this, you should seriously think about liposuction before submitting yourself to the procedure. If you still want to proceed, it is important that you seek out a clinic that is famous for its effectiveness and efficacy.