Top 3 lung cancer myths
Lung cancer is the second and third most common cancer in males and females in Singapore respectively. It can spread from the lung to lymph glands around the airway and other parts of the body.
MYTH #1: Taking antioxidants will stop me from getting lung cancer.
We’re not saying your weekly acai bowl doesn’t do your body any good, but antioxidants aren’t a foolproof way of stopping yourself from getting lung cancer. Sometimes it happens by choice or by chance — having one too many cigarettes or genetic predisposition.
Instead, try to avoid the most common risk factors for lung cancer (smoking, secondhand smoke and environmental pollution)! Additionally, try to get your nutrients from a wholesome, natural and balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, not supplements, unless your doctor says so.
MYTH #2: Lung cancer is a death sentence.
Lung cancer isn’t a death sentence! Lung cancer treatments have come a long way and developments in modern medicine have improved the survival of many patients — turning one of the deadliest cancers to something more treatable.
Of course, it’s best to detect lung cancer as early as possible. The cure rate could be as high as 80-90% for small, early-stage lung cancer. Going for screenings, especially if you’re a high-risk individual, could be helpful.
MYTH #3: If I already have lung cancer, it’d be pointless to quit smoking.
Let that last stick really be your last! It’s never too late to quit smoking, even if you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer.
A study published in the British Medical Journal states that people diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer can increase their chances of survival over five years if they stop smoking compared to those who continue to smoke.
If you’d like to know more about lung cancer, here’s our guide to Lung Cancer Treatment in Singapore!
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ Singaporean biomedical team came up with the first and only FDA approved commercial test kit to determine if vaccines work, check the level of infection and aid in contact tracing for Covid-19.
2️⃣ The Covid-19 vaccine could be in Singapore by early 2021, with shipments expected in the first quarter.
3️⃣ For the party animals: The nightlife pilot for clubbing and karaoke is expected to kick off by the end of the year.
4️⃣ Here’s a Health Check podcast on using mindfulness to manage family conflicts.
5️⃣ Want to start eating clean? Here’s a list of cafes around Singapore that serve wholesome, healthy meals.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
1️⃣ Your cigarette filters are not as effective as you thought at keeping tar and other toxicants out of your system.
2️⃣ For the alcoholics: here’s how to train your brain to stay away from alcohol.
3️⃣ Do you have eyelash extensions? Apparently, our lashes have an “ideal length” — any longer and it starts to catch wind, causing your eyes to dry out more.
4️⃣ People with compromised immune systems and those pregnant should stay clear of Kombucha because the drink’s live bacteria could be harmful.
5️⃣ Your typical sports drinks provide just as much hydration as plain water would.
CAN YOU BREATHE WRONGLY?
Are you breathing the right way?
Bet you didn’t even know you could be breathing wrongly since it comes so naturally!
Correct breathing techniques can improve your lung efficiency, it can also help alleviate stress and anxiety!
Proper breathing starts in your nose and moves to the stomach as your diaphragm contracts. If you’re doing it right, you should feel your belly expand as your lungs fill with air. It is the most efficient way to breathe, because it pulls down on your lungs, creating negative pressure in the chest, causing air to flow into your lungs.
Breathing in through your nose (instead of your mouth) also allows your nostrils to filter toxins and allergens from the air.
Oxygen is free
Oxygen is free and does wonders for your body. Proper breathing would be especially useful for people with chronic lung disease who may need extra energy to breathe.
One big for incorrect breathing is your posture —sitting hunched towards a screen. This position doesn’t allow your diaphragm and intercostal muscles to create a good vacuum, hence, the amount of oxygen you receive is less than optimal!
Go for a run
Top this off with regular exercise to keep your lungs functioning well and surround yourself with good air quality and you’re good to go!
Is it harmful to breathe through the mouth in the long term if my nose is always blocked? Check out these answers from our ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors!
Weird & Wonderful
- After popcorn was discovered, people probably tried to “pop” every other seed they could think of.
- A hospital can simultaneously be one of the happiest and one of the saddest buildings in the world.
- Swimming was probably invented accidentally.
- Constipation is a real pain in the ass.
- There are more peanuts in a jar of creamy peanut butter than there are in a jar of crunchy peanut butter.
Get cheaper medication at hospital pharmacies
Ever wonder where you can get medication at the best prices? With a doctor’s prescription, hospital pharmacies are the go-to for the most affordable medication.
Count yourself lucky if you live near a hospital, because these prices are even better than other clinics, Guardian or Watsons! This is because hospitals can buy in bulk and sell generic “non-branded” drugs that work just as well as the branded medication.
Not convinced? For more, here’s our article on brand name vs generic medication!