Know The Value Of Early Screening Of Cancer

Cancer has been the leading cause of death globally for as long as we can remember. More than 100 different cancers affect the human race. The idea of "one cure" also seems a little challenging given that cancer is a class of diseases. The word "cancer" also carries a gloomy connotation. World Cancer Day recognizes that fighting cancer can be incredibly overwhelming but aims to do just that.

Why is early detection so crucial?

Cancer screening is a vital part of general healthcare. This is because the best way to survive cancer is to detect it early and completely remove it from the body before the malignant cells spread to other parts of the body.

Early cancer diagnosis aims to find those who are exhibiting symptoms as soon as possible to give them the best chance of receiving effective treatment. Cancer therapy that is postponed or inaccessible has negative effects on treatment outcomes, the frequency of treatment-related complications, and the cost of care. Early diagnosis improves cancer outcomes by providing care at the earliest possible stage, making it an essential public health strategy in all situations.

One strategy is early diagnosis, while another is screening. It is defined as the presumptive detection of undiagnosed disease in a population of people who appear healthy and asymptomatic using tests, examinations, or other processes that may be quickly and inexpensively administered to the target population. A screening program must cover the entire screening procedure, from inviting the target group to granting access to quality care for those who are found to have a disease.

Compared to early diagnosis, cancer screening is a special and more challenging public health strategy that calls for more funding, infrastructure, and coordination. We advise against implementing screening programs unless their efficacy has been established, sufficient resources are available to cover the target population, facilities are available to confirm diagnoses and guarantee treatment, and the condition is common enough to warrant screening.

Many people hesitate to arrange for cancer screenings out of concern for a positive outcome. Sometimes people would rather remain in the dark than acknowledge that they are physically ill. The only way to deal with the problem is to make an effort to eradicate the disease from the body; however, ignorance won't make the illness go away.

The fear of the disease's potential presence must be faced as the first step in completely curing the body of it. If the results are in your favor and show that the condition is not present, you will be able to say with certainty that you do not have it. If the results are positive, it may be discouraging to learn that you have the illness, but it is better to be aware of the situation so that you can take action to stop the illness' progression and completely eradicate it before it causes further issues.

The likelihood of a successful course of treatment is increased by the early detection of the disease, which can be facilitated by cancer screening tests.

Dr. Malay Nandy
Department of Medical Oncology
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