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Awareness is the key to prevent cancer

Saturday - November 16, 2019 7:34 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

 
WTN- It is no longer unknown that cancer is one of the largest killers in the world and growing lifestyle aberrations and anomalies have only spiked the incidence of cancer globally in the last 10-15 years or so. Yet, it is unfailingly asserted by doctors and medical experts that early detection and diagnosis can go a long way in saving lives. Most patients reach the doctor only as the cancer reaches stage 3 or stage 4, beyond which it gets very difficult to treat successfully. Only if people were a bit cautious and careful about their body and biological changes in the body, much damage caused due to cancer could be ameliorated.

As National Cancer Awareness Day falls on November 7, oncologists say just a surficial examination by an individual once every month in front of the mirror can do the trick and enhance his/her chances of cure and survival multiple times. This holds especially true for detection of oral and breast cancer (in women). Any inexplicable growth or excrescence in or around the mouth, unaccounted bleeding, oral sores not healing for over two weeks, constant coughing, difficulty in swallowing, change in voice, numbness or pain in some part of the face, neck or tongue etc. can be some early symptoms of cancer and these can easily be detected by an individual through self-examination if he is conscious and careful.

Similarly, feeling of any formation inside the breast, or growth of a lump or gland in or around the breast, inexplicable discharge like mucus or blood etc. can be symptoms of breast cancer and any such development must immediately be reported to the doctor. Unfortunately, despite constant awareness efforts, nine out of ten people don’t show up at the doctor’s till things have progressed too far. Over 70,000 women die of breast cancer every year in the country though it is absolutely curable if treated in time. The number of oral cancer deaths are even more. Yet, the fear and stigma associated with the disease keep people away from openly discussing it, let alone seeing the doctor. But keeping it hidden doesn’t solve the problem; it only aggravates.

Cancer doesn’t abate naturally; it gets more aggressive and lethal in quick time if left unattended. Today there are advanced and multiple treatment options available in our hospitals to tackle cancer and early diagnosis is a key to kill it. People need to come out of the rut and embrace reality with honest appraisal and a practical approach. The fight against cancer is a collective responsibility that all of us need to fight together in whatever way we can.

Every little contribution matters – we need to change our faulty lifestyle, we need to shun alcohol and cigarette, we need more leafy vegetables in our diet and proper exercise every morning, we need to talk more about cancer, bring the topic out of the closet, spread awareness around us and help people out of the mental block surrounding cancer. Only such mass scale social regeneration regarding cancer can draw the roadmap for a real fight against the disease.- Window To News