Men have boobies too
You might have heard that 1 in 10 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, but we shouldn’t forget that men are affected by breast cancer as well. It tends to present in its later stages in men, which might well be a consequence of the general lack of awareness surrounding the issue of male breast cancer.
Statistically, it’s much rarer than breast cancer in women — in Singapore, only 62 cases were diagnosed and treated at the National Cancer Centre Singapore over a span of 18 years — but that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly.
How it begins
Breast cancer can originate in various parts of the breast, but occurs most commonly in the milk ducts or the glands that produce milk. That’s why breast cancer is a much more prevalent issue for women — while men have these ducts and glands as well, they aren’t typically functional in any sense.
Staring (and sharing) is caring
Catching any type of cancer early usually provides more time for different treatment options, so we recommend always being alert and on the lookout for any of the early signs and symptoms of male breast cancer. These include: lumps or swelling in the breast or underarm area, nipple discharge or inversion, and irritation or puckering of the breast skin. It’s also important to note that you’re more likely to be at risk if you are above 50, overweight, or have a family history of breast cancer. A more comprehensive list of the risk factors for male breast cancer can be found here.
Early detection doesn’t do much if people don’t know about the affliction in the first place. In the USA, groups like HIS Breast Cancer Awareness and the Male Breast Cancer Coalition are doing their best to educate people about male breast cancer and how to look out for it.
Unfortunately, breast cancer awareness in Singapore is still largely centered around women, but here’s hoping that will change sometime soon.
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ Travelling somewhere? You can now book your COVID-19 swab tests on the Raffles Connect app.
2️⃣ Luncheon meatless: OmniMeat’s plant-based luncheon is now available at selected supermarkets and restaurants.
3️⃣ Attention, sugar babies — An app is helping pregnant women manage their gestational diabetes mellitus.
4️⃣ Goodbye mozzies! The National Environment Agency is giving anti-mosquito kits to those living on landed property,
5️⃣ Feeling overworked? You’re not alone — Singapore has been ranked the 2nd most overworked city in the world.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
1️⃣ Still upset about the Olympics? Officials are pretty sure you’ll be able to spectate next year.
2️⃣ Look outside! A recent study shows that having trees outside your window can help with depression and anxiety.
3️⃣ Have you heard of Hot Tub Lung? Apparently, it’s possible to contract illnesses from jacuzzis.
4️⃣ An arthritis drug has been found to aid in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
5️⃣ Sleep well! Evidence shows that deep sleep can help prevent Alzheimer’s.
MORE LIKE HARE-BRAINED
Your brain is ambidextrous
Ever told someone that you’re left-brained or right-brained? Well, it turns out that the whole left-brain/right-brain thing is a myth.
There’s no need to be embarrassed though — researchers have been debunking this particular myth for years, but it’s still managed to stick around throughout all of that time.
If you’ve never heard of being left-brained or right-brained, here’s how the theory goes: if you’re left-brained, you’re logical and analytical. If you’re right-brained, you’re probably one of those creative types.
It’s believed that this myth originated in the early 20th century, following the discovery of an extreme form of epilepsy treatment where the bond between the left and right hemispheres of the brain is severed (ouch).
Change my mind
While it’s true that some actions and functions are linked to specific parts of the brain, this doesn’t mean that either side of the brain are dominant in a way that would affect people’s personalities. A study done in 2013 showed that people don’t really have stronger left or right neural networks at all. Rather, we all use both sides of our brains fairly equally.
Thinking inside the box
If you’re wondering why an already-disproven misconception can still be so prolific in society, just look at the popularity of other personality-defining tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and even the Hogwarts house test. (Any other Ravenclaws out there??) There usually isn’t any sort of rigorous science backing them up, but lots of people identify with them anyway.
Have any questions on the mind, on your mind? Visit our neurology page and read on!
Weird & Wonderful
Can it really be?
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a great increase in demand for canned food. If you’re one of the people lining your pantry with rows and rows of canned goods, we’ve got some tips on the best way to get your nutrients from these often processed products.
As a rule, canned goods that contain more than one ingredient — while obviously more convenient — tend to be less healthy and nutritious. They generally contain more sugar and sodium and are more likely to have other additives that aren’t great for you.
Even when buying single-ingredient canned goods, make sure you take note of how much sodium and sugar are in those cans. Stay away from vegetables and fruits that are soaked in brine or syrup, and look for those that are just soaked in water or their own juices. A great non-vegan canned food option is tuna, which is low in sodium and added sugar, and has loads of vitamins and minerals.
If you pay attention to nutrition labels, healthy meals don’t have to be tedious or expensive — Canned food can be a great alternative to fresh or frozen food (and who doesn’t love saving a little bit of money on groceries every week?)