Posted in: Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Detecting and Treating cancer at initial stages, when it is small and has not spread can have better prognosis and patient has a good chance of complete recovery. Once the cancer starts to spread, effective cancer treatment becomes a bit difficult and a patient’s chances of complete recovery starts reducing. If the cancer is left undiagnosed and therefore untreated, your chances of metastasis (spreading of cancer) rise.
The best oncologists in Delhi say that there are two major components of early detection of cancer: education to promote early diagnosis and screening.
Some early signs of cancer includes:
- sores that fail to heal,
- abnormal persistent bleeding,
- continuous indigestion,
- changes in bowel habits and
- chronic hoarseness.
It is extremely important to follow up with your doctors if you have any of these symptoms. Some types of cancer can be found before they cause symptoms.
Screening involves checking for cancerous conditions. Ask your doctor for more information about which cancer screening tests are appropriate for you.
The cancer treatment is most effective if found at an early stage.
Why are some cancers diagnosed late?
There are a number of reasons for delays in the cancer diagnosis. Some are:
- Asymptomatic initially
- Low or no awareness of cancer signs and symptoms.
- Put off seeing the doctors for various reasons such as worried about what they might find.
- Delays in referring patients for tests and treatment.
- Delays can occur in getting an appointment at the hospital.
- Lack of confidence in the healthcare system
- Delay in taking the decision to start the treatment
Dr. Tarang Krishna, one of the best cancer doctor in India emphasizes on the importance of early diagnosis and cancer treatment and say that anyone experiencing signs which seem unusual for them must visit the doctor rather than waiting to see whether they can resolve themselves. He clearly states that the survival rates are improving and many cancer patients are going on to lead normal and active lives after the cancer treatment and the major factor in this upward trend is timely diagnosis and treatment. Hence, finding cancer at an early stage can make a real difference.