Each year on February 4th, the world rallies together to mark World Cancer Day. At Raffles Health Insurance, we join hands with the rest of Singapore and the globe in this crucial initiative. We are committed to reinforcing the importance of maintaining good health and providing exemplary coverage for a range of conditions, including cancer.
The Staggering Statistics of Cancer in Singapore
Cancer is not an abstract concept but a grim reality that many of our fellow citizens face daily. According to Singapore Cancer Society (2021), about 46 people are diagnosed with cancer every day. Nearly one in four people1 may develop cancer in their lifetime¹.
Understanding The Types of Cancer Prevalent in Singapore
The most common type of cancer amongst men in Singapore is prostate cancer followed by colorectal and lung cancer. Amongst women, breast cancer tops the list, followed by colorectal and lung cancer. In Singapore, lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer death amongst men which account for about a quarter in 2017-2021²
A Call To Increase Cancer Awareness
World Cancer Day invites us all to take action. Raising awareness about cancer, early detection, and preventive measures is vital. It empowers individuals to cut through the confusion and take positive steps towards healthier lives.
Preventing Cancer: The Power is in Your Hands
While the thought of cancer can be daunting, there are several preventive measures you can take.
- Maintain a balanced diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains may lower your risk.
- Physical activity: Regular exercise helps control weight and reduce many types of cancer.
- Avoid Tobacco: Smoking has been linked to various kinds of cancer, quitting can significantly lower your risk.
- Limited alcohol: Excessive alcohol use can lead to specific cancer types like mouth, throat and liver.
- Vaccinations: Vaccines against HPV and Hepatitis B can prevent certain cancers.
- Sun protection: Protecting your skin from sunlight can help prevent skin cancer.
Comprehensive Coverage with Raffles Cancer Guard Rider
At Raffles Health Insurance, we believe in offering comprehensive coverage that acknowledges the unique needs arising from a cancer diagnosis. That’s why we’ve introduced the Raffles Cancer Guard Rider to complement the Raffles Shield Plan, an Integrated Shield Plan in Singapore.
The Raffles Cancer Guard Rider provides an additional layer of protection for individuals who have been through the unfortunate ordeal of being diagnosed with cancer. The rider offers monthly limit up to 18 times the MediShield Life (MSHL) Limit for treatment under the Cancer Drug List (CDL), in addition to your base plan limit. This includes Traditional Chinese Medicine option and Counselling benefits due to Cancer.
Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind during these tough times, knowing that we’ve got your back with robust coverage options like the Raffles Cancer Guard Rider. After all, the fight against cancer should prioritise health and recovery, leaving no room for financial stress.
The Role of Regular Health Screenings
A significant factor in dealing effectively with cancer is catching it early. Regular health screenings are instrumental in detecting cancer symptoms before they become severe.
We offer comprehensive health check-ups at Raffles Hospital under our Raffles Health Screeners programme. Our healthcare professionals ensure thorough check-ups for early detection and intervention.
Remember, knowledge is power; understanding the risks, knowing the symptoms, and routinely checking your health can be instrumental in managing and defeating cancer. As we collectively observe World Cancer Day, let us pledge to make the right lifestyle choices, get regular health checks, and spread awareness. Your health is precious: protect it with Raffles Health Insurance. We’ve got your health covered.
1 Singapore Cancer Society (2021). https://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/learn-about-cancer/cancer-basics/common-types-of-cancer-in-singapore.html
2 Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Report (2021)
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This article was originally published on 2nd February 2024.