Diagnosing cancer at its earliest stages often provides the best chance for a cure. For a few cancers, studies show screening tests can save lives by diagnosing cancer early. In Medworld we aim to identify people who are at high risk for cancer and to diagnose cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. Cancer screening can include physical exams, imaging tests, blood tests, or other types of screening methods. Research shows that the risk of developing many types of cancer can be significantly reduced through diet and lifestyle changes. But there’s a key part of prevention that should not be overlooked: At every stage of your adult life, you should undergo routine screening exams to catch any health problems so you can try to nip them in the bud.
How often should I undergo this programme?
It is advisable that you come for screening once a year if you are above 40 years old and once in every two years or so if you are below 40 years old.
Can cancer be prevented?
Keeping your body healthy can lower the chance that you will get cancer. Here are some steps you can take to lower your chances of getting cancer:
- Quit Using Tobacco – Smoking and tobacco use is an addiction. Your health care provider can help you quit for good. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start.
- Eat healthy – Enjoy a low-fat diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains from breads, cereals, nuts, and beans.
- Skip alcohol – If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. The more alcohol a person drinks, the greater his or her chance of getting cancers such as mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colorectal and breast cancer.
- Be sun smart – Limit your time in the sun, seek shade, apply broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen and cover your skin with clothing, hats and sunglasses.
- Avoid tanning salons – Using tanning beds in youth increases the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 74 percent. Use of tanning beds also increases the risk of other types of skin cancer.
- Get moving – Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise such as walking, gardening, or climbing may help lower your chance of getting colorectal, breast, uterine, prostate, esophagus, kidney and other cancers.
- Know your family history – Talk with your healthcare provider if you are concerned about your personal or family history of cancer and decide when to start regular cancer screening and if genetic testing is right for you.
- Get screened – Be sure to get regular check-ups and talk to your health care provider about cancer screening.