Cancer: When suspicion should lead you to hospital

05 February, 2019, 02:08 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • Early detection remains the key strategy to counter cancer incidence and mortality

Women with dense breast tissue are more likely to develop cancer, but most who fall in that category have no way of knowing they are at risk because the information isn't routinely included in mammogram reports in many parts of Canada. It is celebrated on Feb 4 annually with the aim of avoiding preventable deaths through early detection and raising awareness and knowledge amongst individuals, family members and communities.

Why Cancer? 9.5 million People die of Cancer each year- about 26,000 cancer deaths a day - and that number is predicted to grow. According to the American Cancer Society, people lose weight at least once when suffering from the disease.

Of pressing need is integrating national cancer control programmes into health systems at every level.

So, this World Cancer Day, The Better India made a decision to take an extra step and spread awareness about cancer, its symptoms, and how it can be overcome.

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has commended the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government at prioritising care for cancer patients.

"In 2012 there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths, whereas in 2018 there were 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths", World Health Organization regional director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti said.

Dr. Walter said tobacco smoke has more than 50 toxic chemicals that cause cancer and in an enclosed area, the toxic smoke stays in the air for more than four hours - increasing the risks for non-smokers.

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Fear of cancer is also a problem, with a 2018 United Kingdom study cited by the organization revealing one in four people don't go to the doctor because they are afraid of being told they have the disease.

A critical aspect to be highlighted in cancer prevention and control is the importance of early detection. Because of major advances in treatment, more children treated for cancer survive into adulthood.

Even in Pakistan, there has been a surge in cancer-related treatments owing to an increase in detection.

The writer is Consultant Medical Oncologist at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. However, we know cancer is also a global challenge, and, in 2018, 18 million people worldwide were diagnosed with cancer.

Those drugs that do make it are usually only expected to add a few extra months to patients' lives- 2.7 months on an average.Each year the British public contributes an estimated £2.5bn towards the cost of researching and developing new treatments for cancer. "By having a regular Pap, you can prevent cervical cancer".

In its fight against cancer, Turkey runs 202 cancer early diagnosis and scanning centers (KETEM), including 25 mobile units.


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