An unnamed Twitter user shared his conversation with his mom who managed to crack a joke in spite of having a huge problem she was facing.
“Hindi ko alam paano pa nakukuhang tumawa at magbiro ng nanay ko sa kabila ng nangyayari sa kanya 🙁 hindi ko nagawang tawanan yung sixbomb nya. Naiiyak ako.Pakiramdam ko pasan ko ang buong mundo.”
His mother just informed him that she had been diagnosed with cancer. She told him that she will book tickets for him and siblings to come back home so she could hug them, something she said was all that she needed.
In his mother’s message, she said that their family is very competitive in facing challenges in their life. He has his own health conditions to deal with while his father became comatose and his mother got cancer. His mom encourages them to be strong.
“Ito na yung pinakamalungkot na taon ng buong buhay ko 😞 sana ako nalang yung na comatose hindi yung tatay ko sana ako nalang yung may cancer hindi si mama.” he wrote on his other tweet.
He had a conversation with his mom on Facetime for almost an hour and what he can see was her mother who wears a smiling face as if she was not diagnosed with cancer. But what makes him really breaks his heart is that after the call their helper texted him and said that her mother was started to cry.
“Ka-FaceTime ko si mama for almost an hour and tumatawa lang naman siya di mo makikitang nalulungkot sya, na may cancer siya. Pero after ng call namin nagtext sakin yung helper namin na iyak si mama ng iyak ngayon hindi daw tumitigil. It really breaks my heart :/” he said.
He then sent a message to his mom and told that he knew that she was crying while trying to give her encouragement.
As he also thanked the people and friends who prayed for and supported them.
Bubble tea originated in Taiwan back in the 1980s. It is usually made up of a certain kind of tea, mixed with a variety of milk and flavorings, and finally sugar.
The tea is topped with tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, and puddings.
The drink is so popular that people, specifically millennials, consume it on a regular basis.
Recent news suggest that bubble tea might sound delicious but it has its side effects.
A 14-year-old Chinese girl was sent to the hospital on May 28 because she could not empty her bowels properly. Stomach ache was her chief complaint, plus she couldn’t make herself eat for days.
Health experts found it hard to dissect the root of the problem, so they performed a CT scan. They found that there were unusual dark particles in the girl’s body.
It was then revealed to be a hundred tapioca pearls that she consumed.
The girl said that she only drank one cup of bubble tea before everything happened, but based on the findings, it is obvious that she consumed more than that.
The girl was then prescribed with laxatives to help ease her situation.
There have been studies done on the side effects of consuming bubble teas.
Tapioca pearls are made from a starch extract from the cassava root, which are filled with bad carbohydrates. The body finds it hard to digest these, as said by one doctor.
The average bubble tea cup consists of 400 calories, mainly because the tapioca pearls are cooked in hot water while being mixed with a great amount of sugar.
Plus the additional syrup and other ingredients play a big role.
A study done by German researchers back in 2012 suggests that bubble teas can significantly reduce a consumer’s lifespan.
They found that these tapioca balls contain cancer-causing chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCB.
These chemicals affect the immune, gastrointestinal, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems.
A student named Ricardo Ace Gealan Bolo Jr. II taking up Accountancy, Business and Management Strand specializing in Tourism and Hospitality Section shared the struggles of his mother who is fighting against cancer and was admitted to the hospital a month before his graduation.
His mother was in critical condition because of cancer and she would always say that might not make it until his graduation. But he always encouraged his mom to fight so that she can go up on stage and put his medal on for him.
On his Twitter account, he shared a video clip of his graduation ceremony, where he could be seen with his mother marching on stage while receiving his diploma. She put his medal as on him as one of the honor students in school.
For him, that was the priceless moment in his life. He was proud of his achievement and happy that his mother was there to see him.
He shaved his head to show his support for his mom. He said that he got his charms, strength, and wits from his mother and that he is proud to tell everyone just how much he loves her.
As Makati Medical Center celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, the premiere hospital continues to drive advancement in medical care in the country by forging a partnership with one of the leading cancer centers in the United States.
MakatiMed has partnered with UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCDCCC) in a bid to boost cancer care in the Philippines. The agreement with the University of California, Davis-affiliated medical center includes the development of an international Cancer Care Network, a cancer registry in MakatiMed, training programs for cancer care, a second opinion program, and on-site clinical rotation from various subspecialties in oncology.
Inpatient and outpatient procedures will be evaluated to enhance clinical workflows. The two hospitals will also share telemedicine programs and potentially collaborate in clinical trials, research studies, seminars, and multi-disciplinary teleconferences.
UCDCCC, which was designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the US National Cancer Institute, offers the most advanced methods for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancers and blood disorders.
“We want to introduce a collaborative approach in cancer care to offer the ideal treatments to our patients,” says Maria Corazon C. Consunji, MD, MakatiMed President and CEO. “This partnership will help MakatiMed achieve the best patient outcomes by embracing the advancements in oncology.”
Dr. Consunji inked the contract with Primo N. Lara, Jr., MD, UCDCCC Director. Also present in the contract signing were UCDCCC’s Gina Dayton, Chief Administrative Officer and Associate Director for Administration, and Kristin Jones, Director for Oncology Services.
For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.8888 999, email [email protected], or visit www.makatimed.net.ph.
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“I only have one mother, but with my studies, I can go back to them later.”
A college degree can open a lot of doors for anyone who has it. Education is undeniably important, but what is more important is family. This is what exactly what Liu Xinhong thinks.
Liu decided to stop pursuing college education for a while to take care of his mother who was diagnosed of parotid cancer. About a year ago, he was just another freshman at a university in Yulin County, Taiwan, but now he is more like a nurse at his mother’s Peace Ward, attending to her every single day.
Liu understands that family should be placed above all, and that a college degree can be pursued anytime.
As he was crying, he said, “Mom has put a lot of time and effort in raising me. She’s helped me with homework and lots of other things, but I have not spent much time with her. This could be our last Mother’s day together.”
Liu always prays that the one above would ease his mother’s pain. It seems like he has accepted that there is nothing that could be done to prolong her life.
He is lucky to have a circle of people, including his brother, who helps out after school, who provided emotional support to help him get through this.
Liu’s father is proud of him for doing the things that he does, as he cannot attend to his wife since he is running their business.
On Facebook, he showed the world how much his mother means to him.
“Thank you mom for bringing me into this world and for the endless love that you’ve given me. Now my mom needs caring for and as her son, I have the full responsibility of taking on this role. Everyone must face death one day. It’s unavoidable. I think companionship is very important during a person’s last days. Facing the inevitable, I would like to discard regret and say goodbye to my loved ones and bless them; isn’t it better than just being sad?”
The wide variety of claims about alternative “cures” for cancer can be quite convincing.
“Testimonials are weak evidence and are not acceptable,” says Department of Health (DOH) cancer program manager Clarito Cairo.
DOH has heard reports of cancer patients ditching their prescribed medication for herbal supplements.
The Department warns other patients and their families to not do the same. The testimonials and stories on herbal supplements by the people who used such products were have cured cancer–hasn’t been confirmed to be true.
Furthermore, Clarito said, “There are anecdotes saying that [herbal supplements] are proven safe and effective, [though] there’s not enough evidence [to support the claim]. And then some patients would go back to their oncologists since they have developed complications.”
Patients who resorted to using herbal supplements to cure their cancer usually complain about kidney problems that usually lead to death.
Cairo admitted that the DOH is not entirely against the use of herbal supplements to treat cancer as long as there is evidence that these are “safe and effective”.
International Agency for Research on Cancer found that last year, at least 86,000 people died from cancer and that there were over 140,000 new cancer cases but most of them were regarding the breast, lung, and colon.
Last February, The National Integrated Cancer Control Act, or Republic Act No. 11215, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte to increase investment in cancer detection and prevention.
Unproven testimonials include those that are associated with cannabis, cannabis oil, vitamin, cayenne pepper, castor oil, ginger, ginseng, grapes, mangosteen, mushrooms, wheatgrass, and many more.
These may come in the forms of pills or capsules.
Frequently advertised as “natural” treatments and often falsely labeled as herbal supplements, such products may appear harmless, but may cause harm by delaying or interfering with proven, beneficial treatments.
Experts warned that too much screen time can raise the risk of a dozen deadly cancers.
There are said to be “convincing evidence” saying that spending hours glued to the television, computers and smartphones fuel childhood obesity.
They said that kids who are so exposed to screens are more likely to become fat adults, who are at greater risk of developing 12 types of cancer. They added that it is also the marker of poor lifestyle, bad diet, and inactivity.
A report of the The World Cancer Research Fund claims that people who watch too much television and uses smartphones a lot just eats more than what they burn off. They are also less likely to realize that they are full whenever they eat their meals.
Caroline Cerny of the Obesity Health Alliance backed up this claim.
“Eating too much unhealthy food and drink, with sedentary lifestyles contributes to overweight and obesity – this much is clear.
“We also know that when children spend time in front of screens, they are bombarded with junk food adverts.
“This new report highlights the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles and children’s exposure to advertising.
“We need a 9pm watershed on TV junk food marketing and similar restrictions online.”
Along with this, they also found out that breastfed kids are less likely to become obese.
Causes of skin cancer increase annually.
According to a California-based scientist named Elizabeth Plourde, Ph.D., malignant melanoma, and all other skin cancers increased significantly with sunscreen use over a 30-year period.
Sunscreens usually contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDC.
It is also said that the sun doesn’t really harm us, instead, it nourishes us.
A study published at Karolinska Institute in Sweden back in 2014 found that women who avoided lying under the sun are actually more likely to die compared to those who sunbathe on a daily basis. The study conducted the research on 30,000 women over the course of 20 years.
There are two types of sun rays, the Ultraviolet B rays (UVB) and the Ultraviolet A rays (UVA). The UVB is the main cause of sunburns and non-melanoma skin cancers like squamous cell carcinoma, which is also known as epidermoid carcinoma. Most sun protection products are made to block UVB rays.
On the other hand, UVA is much more powerful when it comes to penetrating the skin. There is less research about the harms of the UVA radiation and it can be potentially much more harmful than we know. Even if the damages of the UVA is much less noticeable than those of the UVB, it can be a lot more dangerous.
Most of the chemicals in our sunscreens have a minimum effect when it comes to protecting our skins from the UVA rays. The high SPF products are said to shield the skin from the effects of the UVB rays but not other types of skin damage. People must keep in mind that UVA and UVB protection do not harmonize.
And with this, people tend to think that they are more protected resulting for them to stay out in the sun longer than usual. Users of the conventional sunscreen may get less UVB-inflicted sunburns but they are more likely to absorb more UVA radiation.
A curved penis may have an advantage to some, especially in the bedroom, but only a few knew that this also has its own risks. Studies found that those who experience this condition may be exposed to higher risk of cancer.
According to a research published on the Fertility and Sterility journal, the Peyronie’s disease — which is the condition that causes a bent penis — is actually connected to the symptoms of and stomach, skin, and testicular cancers. 1.5 million men were gathered to prove the idea.
Peyronie’s disease is caused when plaque (scar tissues) suddenly forms inside the penis’ soft tissue which causes it to curve when erect. It may be painful as it can cause erectile dysfunction. Though Medical News Today published that scar tissues in the penis is not really cancerous, it is also found noteworthy connections to urological cancers like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and penile cancer.
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas researchers determined that those with the Peyronie’s disease, also known as penile fibrosis, have an increased risk of testicular cancer by 40 percent. Moreover, they also have a 29 percent higher risk of melanoma — a type of skin cancer — and a 40 percent higher risk of stomach cancer.
As no one has made these associations before, it resulted in the conditions being largely taken for granted. Urologist and study head Dr. Alexander Pastuszak stated,
“Nobody has made these associations before… We think this is important because these conditions are largely taken for granted, while they’re significant in the sexual and reproductive life-cycles of these patients, linking them to other disorders suggest that these men should be monitored for development of these disorders disproportionately in contrast to the rest of the population.
Dr. Pastuszak also mentioned that having a curved shaft is normal as the human body is rarely symmetrical and there is some curvature in all penises.
The symptoms of Peyronie’s disease are having a significant bend in the shaft, flat lumps felt under the skin of the penis (which is the scar tissue), erection problems, a shortening of the penis, and pain.
Listen up, women! You might want to consider being conscious of the food you eat by reading this article.
A recent study at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom revealed that post-menopausal women who consume nine grams of processed meat in a week are more prone to develop breast cancer.
The said study tested 273,466 women, ages 40 to 69 years old. After their observation, the researchers have concluded that even those who eat processed meat less than nine grams a week still have 15% more chances of getting breast cancer than those who did not eat processed food at all.
“In addition to the previously known effects of processed meat on other kinds of cancer, this adds further evidence that it may have a deleterious effect on breast cancer, particularly in post-menopausal women,” Naveed Sattar, co-author, shared.