Health insurance

With health authorities sounding the alarm over the health effects of El Nino phenomenon (a climate pattern associated with droughts, floods, and other weather disturbances), you can’t help but worry about your loved one’s health. In cases like this, the first thing that enters your mind is how to prepare for health problem to happen. What if someone gets sick and you are not prepared financially? Hubby and I are thinking of the same thing that’s why we often look for insurance quotes that offer affordable health insurance package for the family. Admit it but when you avail a policy be it health or life insurance, it makes you feel secure knowing you have something to rely on.

Cancer runs in the family

My cousin Cez got the shocking news of her life. She was diagnosed with cancer of the breast. Last week, her right breast was removed including the huge lump in it. She is recovering from her operation. But she doesn’t know yet if she will undergo chemotherapy treatment. If she has her way, she would choose to take anti-cancer medicine than undergo chemotherapy.

I feel for my cousin. She has barely adjusted to her married life and doesn’t even have a child yet and now this sad news.

Despite what happened to her, you’ll never see a trace of sadness in her eyes. My cousin said she has come to terms with her fate. “I cried it out and leave my fate up to Him,” she said.

She is genetically predispose to cancer because her mother was diagnosed and on remission for lymphoma or cancer of the lymph nodes four years ago. Her stressful job at the hospital is another thing she is looking at.

She is hoping and praying that the cancer cells will be healed by just taking anti-cancer medicine. She doesn’t want to undergo the rigor of chemotherapy treatment. She is quite lucky that she is working in one of the premier hospitals in the country so she is well-taken cared of. I wonder what fate awaits those who cannot secure the proper medical treatment for cancer especially those with Mesothelioma Cancer. This is a rare type of cancer that affects the membrane covering the internal organ. It is commonly attributed to exposure to asbestos. I hope many organizations will come to help patients afflicted by Mesothelioma Cancer.

For my cousin, keep your faith and be strong. You are always in our prayers.

Latest development on breast cancer:

Breast cancer is now the most common cancer site in terms of incidence in Metro Manila and Rizal and has surpassed lung cancer as the most prevalent cancer.

The top ten cancer sites for both sexes now stands at breast, lung, liver, cervix, colon, thyroid, rectum, ovary, prostate and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. In men, the five common cancer sites are lung, liver, prostate, colon and rectum while for females, these are breast, cervix, ovary, thyroid and lung.

Experts said 1/3 of all cancers are preventable.

Cancer protecting mechanisms prevent cancer. A healthy lifestyle that is started in childhood, particularly eating a HEALTHY DIET, maintaining PHYSICAL FITNESS and minimizing and properly coping with STRESS will decrease the risk of not only cancer but also chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes.

El NiÑo Advisory

Got this very useful information from the DOH health magazine HealthBeat.

Health authorities said we are left with no choice but to prepare for the ill effects of El NiÑo Phenomenon on health.

Since we are facing an imminent water shortage,  the public is advised to conserve water and use it wisely. Water containers must be kept clean and boiling of drinking water is necessary. Water sources like wells must be protected from contamination.

The public should be on the alert for Red tide blooms or an increase in number of organisms in seawater causing paralytic shellfish poisoning associated with El Nino Phenomenon.

Heed public warnings and ban on harvesting, selling and consumption of shellfish.

Disorders Associated with High Temperature (usually 32 degrees Celsius)

Take note of the following heat syndromes that usually affect old people and those staying in poorly ventilated places.

  • Heat cramps – brief, intermittent, often excruciating cramping pain in muscles during strenuous physical activity.
  • Heat exhaustion or prostration – causes weakness, fatigue, thirst, headache, nausea, and faintness which may precede collapse.
  • Exertional heat injury – occurs among persons like athletes, exerting themselves in hot and humid temperatures.
  • Heat stroke – is the most severe form which can lead to complications such as kidney failure to death.

Radiation

The sun’s rays contain ultraviolet (UV) radiation which at intense and prolonged exposure may lead to diseases of the eyes and skin and to a reduced ability of the body to combat infectious diseases.

Note: UV radiation at lower doses is important in the production of vitamin D in the body.

Prolonged exposure of the eyes to UV causes cataracts or lens opacification which may eventually lead to blindness; too much exposure of the skin to UV radiation result to sunburn after a few hours, which if sever enough, may result in blistering and destruction of the surface of the skin, similar to a first degree burn.

Prevention

  • Increase fluid intake
  • Wear light clothing
  • Taking frequent baths
  • and avoiding strenuous physical activity during hot weather.
  • Limit outdoor activities to before 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when solar UV radiation is most intense.
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Wear  tightly woven or knitted fabrics like polyester and or cotton, and wide brimmed hats.