Posted in: Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
To help reduce the risk of cancer, it is important to eliminate or reduce the contact with things which are known to cause cancer. Research estimates that two-thirds of all the cancer cases are linked to the environmental causes and many of these are linked to lifestyle factors which can be modified. This can be done by changing conditions which contribute to cancer (such as obesity or lack of exercise) or by using medicines which interfere with cancer development. The best cancer clinics in India such as Cancer Healer Center say that lifestyle changes are a key part of prevention. For instance, quitting tobacco reduces a person’s chance of getting cancer.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
The aim is to empower to make healthy choices and reduce the social and environmental risk factors for cancer. The negative public perceptions slows the efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Cancer Healer Center says almost a third of the most common cancers can be prevented by following a healthy diet, drinking alcohol in moderation and being physically active. Add eliminating smoking on the list and about half of the most common cancers, which include breast and lung cancer, could be prevented.
Various cancers such as breast, cervical, skin and colorectal cancers can be found at an early stage when they are most treatable. The cancer care centers offers some screening guidelines for these cancers -
- Breast - Self-exams starting in the 20s, an exam at the doctor’s office in the 20s, 30s and 40s and annual mammograms at age 40.
- Colorectal - What is commonly known as colonoscopy is the most common screening procedure to find polyps and cancer. It should be performed once in every 10 years after the age of 40.
- Cervical - A Pap test should be conducted every three years for women between the ages of 21 and 65. If you are between 30 and 65, you can have a Pap test plus an HPV test every five years. Studies by researchers and cancer care centers show that getting just one cervical cancer screening between 30 and 40 can reduce a woman’s lifetime risk of cervical cancer by 25%.
- Skin - Watch for the changes in your skin and visit your doctor if witness anything different.
Cancer Treatment for all!
Ensuring everyone who’s diagnosed with cancer receives proper cancer treatment is a tremendous challenge, especially considering the disparity in the financial resources. There are three ways to address this challenge :
- Improve access to essential cancer medicines and technologies.
- Strengthen the health systems which deliver cancer prevention and care services.
- Decrease the financial toll of cancer on individuals and families.
Quality of Life
For the patients and caregivers, cancer has a significant impact on the physical, emotional and mental health. It is critical to understand and respond to how cancer impacts you so that you can maintain a good quality of life.