The Importance Of Early Cancer Detection

Cancer is a deadly disease, which is not only detrimental to the health of the individual but wreaks havoc on the family members in many ways. Hence, early cancer diagnosis is crucial in the fight against the disease. Screening is an important aspect of comprehensive healthcare as it enables the identification of the disease before symptoms appears, making treatment more efficient and effective.

Let's find out the benefits of screening

  • Detects cancer before it spreads, making treatment more simple and short.
  • Improves survival rates as early detection increases chances of successful treatment.
  • Reduces treatment costs, duration and minimizes the side effects of added and combined therapy.
  • Avoids suffering from symptoms caused by the progression of the disease.

Facing your fears may be difficult-but important

There are several different types of cancer screening tests that exist, including laboratory tests, physical exams and history analysis, genetic tests, and imaging procedures. Laboratory tests include blood tests and oral cancer and cervical screening tests, as well as tests for urine, tissue, and hormonal imbalances. A thorough physical exam, along with a review of personal and familial medical history, can also help predict the onset of cancer. Genetic tests look for genetic mutations that are indicative of some forms of cancer. Imaging procedures can provide pictures of the internal body for further analysis. It's understandable to feel fear or anxiety when it comes to cancer screenings, but it's important to overcome these fears. By facing the potential presence of cancer, you can take the first and proactive step towards eliminating the disease from your body. If the results are negative, you can rest easy knowing that you're healthy. If the results are positive, it's still best to know so you can take steps to prevent the spread of the disease and seek treatment. Early detection greatly increases the chances of successful treatment, so don't let fear hold you back from taking control of your health.

There exist various types of cancer screening tests one can avail from. These include the following:

  • Laboratory tests: Cancer screening blood tests and oral and cervical cancer screening tests are just a few examples of laboratory tests available for detecting cancer early. Other laboratory tests include urine, tissue, and hormonal imbalance tests.
  • Physical exam and history analysis: An exam of the body and an analysis of personal and familial medical history can help a healthcare professional predict if an individual is likely to develop cancer. The exam looks for lumps or anything else that seems unusual.
  • Genetic tests: These tests check for genetic changes or mutations in the body that may indicate some forms of cancer.
  • Imaging procedures: Cancer screening may also include imaging procedures to obtain pictures of internal areas for analysisfor example ultrasound & mammography for breast cancer screen and mass miniature xrays for lung cancer detection

In conclusion, cancer screening plays a vital role in early detection and successful treatment of cancer. Detecting the disease before it advances and spreads throughout the body is crucial in ensuring the best possible outcome.

Dr. Sudarsan De
Department of Radiation Oncology
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