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Lung cancer is not just a smoker’s disease - Five simple ways to love your lungs

Though the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified tobacco use as the cause of 70 percent of lung cancer deaths, those who do not smoke are equally at risk of developing the disease. A study conducted on Asian patients with advanced adenocarcinoma affecting the lungs has even shown that non-smokers have a higher chance of forming tumors compared with regular smokers.[1]

According to the WHO, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.[2]The same is true in the Philippines where it is the top cancer killer among Filipino men, and the second most common cancer killer among Filipino women.[3] Aside from tobacco use, lung cancer may develop due to family history, exposure to industrial and chemical carcinogens, as well as indoor and outdoor air pollution. The WHO also identifies unhealthy habits as a leading cause of cancer.[4]

“There is a popular notion that lung cancer is a smoker’s disease, but even those who are already leading healthy and active lifestyles may still be exposed to its other risk factors,” said Dr. Ena Ang of MSD Oncology. “That is why vigilance is necessary to protect ourselves against lung cancer.”

For smokers, quitting is the necessary first step to avoiding cancer. As for non-smokers, certain habits and practices can help minimize risk for the disease. Below are just some of these to ensure good lung health:

1. Avoid heavily polluted areas
Increased exposure to particulate matter and air pollution increases the likelihood of lung cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Particulate matter (PM) refers to a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air, emitted from sources such as construction sites, power plants, industries, automobiles, and fireworks.[5]

If you work in or near areas that emit large volumes of PM, wearing protective equipment is advised. If you can’t avoid going to heavily polluted areas, you can wear a mask recommended or provided by your doctor.[6]

2. Keep indoor air clean
Indoor air pollution from solid fuels like wood, charcoal, and coal used for cooking causes approximately 17 percent of annual premature lung cancer deaths in adults, according to the WHO.[7]Households can reduce this risk by switching to cooking technologies that are safer to human health. Because homes are also susceptible to outdoor particulate matter due to air leaks, air purifiers are recommended to improve indoor air quality.[8]

3. Eat more fruit and vegetables
Diet plays a central role in keeping the body healthy against diseases, including cancer. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help fight off cancer, while diets heavy in protein and fat increase the risk for the disease.[9]Regular exercise, as well as abstinence from tobacco and alcohol, maximizes the benefits of a healthy diet.

4. Exercise more
According to the National Cancer Institute of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physically active individuals have a lower chance of developing lung cancer by up to 20 percent.[10]If you already exercise regularly, it’s important to avoid working out in or near heavily polluted areas to keep your lungs safe and healthy.

5. Seek medical assistance for symptoms
In many cases, lung cancer is already in the advanced stages by the time it is diagnosed as the symptoms are often mistaken for common illnesses. An early symptom of the disease can be as simple as a cough. When you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, fatigue, and loss of weight and appetite, see a doctor right away. Coughing up blood is already a serious sign that could indicate advanced lung cancer.

Immediate diagnosis could prompt early action especially if the cancer is still in its early stages. This does not mean, however, that the disease is no longer manageable once it is already advanced. At this point, advanced treatment options are available to help in managing Stage 4 lung cancer to increase the rate of survival.

[1]A Prospective, Molecular Epidemiology Study of EGFR Mutations in Asian Patients with Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer of Adenocarcinoma Histology (2014) Accessed January 28 2016.
[2] World Health Organization Accessed January 28, 2016
[3]Globocan 2012 Accessed January 28, 2016
[4]World Health Organization January 28, 2016
[7]World Health Organization Accessed January 28, 2016
[8] Vijayan, V. K., Paramesh, H., Salvi, S. S., & Dalal, A. A. K. (2015). Enhancing indoor air quality –The air filter advantage. Lung India : Official Organ of Indian Chest Society, 32(5), 473–479.
[9] Accessed January 28,2016

Aquabest Opens Soup Kitchen

Aquabest the country's premier water station franchise is reaching out to its local community by opening a soup kitchen for indigent people.

Every Friday afternoon the company operates a soup kitchen dispensing hot meals to the poor at its head office along Quezon Avenue. Since it started operating this February, the soup kitchen regularly serves dozens of underprivileged people.  

The soup kitchen is part of the company's efforts to give back to society and is a reflection of the Christian values that underpin the company's operations. "As a company we have to strive to make a positive influence in our community. And our efforts here however small can help our underprivileged brethren that other people still care about them" says Carson Tan the company's President and CEO.

Philippine Pizza Inc. renews partnership with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc.

Philippine Pizza Inc. (PPI), the company that owns and operates Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Dairy Queen in the country, recently renewed its partnership with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI). PCPPI will continue supplying its carbonated and non-carbonated beverages in over 200 PPI restaurants nationwide, giving customers more reasons to enjoy every meal served in Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Dairy Queen. Teck Huak “TH” Lim, chief operating officer of Philippine Pizza Inc. (fifth from left), and Furqan Ahmed Sayed, President of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (fourth rom left) formalized this partnership through a contract-signing event at Novotel Araneta Center. 

Shown with Mr. Lim and Mr. Sayed are (L-R) Mr. Marvyn Taningco, MTO General Manager, PCPPI; Mr. John Peter Chick Castelo, Senior Vice President for Business Development PDC; Ms. Marilyn Corral, Sr. Purchasing Manager, PPI; Ms. Maricel Narciso, Country Manager PCPPI; and Mr. Kenneth Mondero, Senior Vice President, Araneta Group Controller.