Early Detection and Cancer Prevention

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Department of Cancer Prevention and Early Detection was established on 24-2-2024 to create cancer awareness and a sense of wellness responsibility to take charge of your health. Cancer is rising in India and globally. Deaths due to cancer in India were 9.3 lakhs, the second highest in Asia, reported by Lancet on 3-1-2024.

The best strategy is to prevent cancer, detect cancer early, and intervene at the precancerous stage. Our department has been established to serve this purpose, assist, and guide you to be cancer-free. Remember, 50% of cancers are preventable, and 50-70% are due to modifiable risks. Only 8-10% are due to genetic causes. Let us join in the common fight against “cancer”

Identifying Individuals at Higher Risk:

- Asymptomatic individuals should undergo screening despite the absence of noticeable symptoms.
- Those with a family history of cancer are at increased risk due to genetic predisposition.
- Cancer survivors, especially those previously treated for cancer, face elevated risks of developing cancer in other parts of the body.
- Smokers, including both traditional and vape smokers, as well as individuals with a history of heavy tobacco use (20 pack-years), are at significantly higher risk. Tobacco chewers carry the same risk.
- Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to various cancers.
- Chronic carriers of Hepatitis B and C viruses have an increased risk of liver cancer.
- Individuals with premalignant conditions, particularly in the oral cavity, require early identification and management to prevent progression to cancer.
- Those who have not been vaccinated for HPV carry high risks for cancer – Females – Cervix Cancer, Males – Mouth and Tonsils.

Consult with an Oncologist who can help you understand the benefits of early detection of cancer or you can also contact us at Continental Cancer Centre Hot Line Number - +91 96019 66666

Early Symptoms of Cancer:

Unexplained lumps or growths: Any abnormal growths or lumps that appear without a clear cause and persist should be promptly evaluated by a healthcare professional. These could be indicative of various types of cancer, such as breast cancer, skin cancer, or lymphoma.

Persistent pain or discomfort: Persistent pain that doesn't seem to have an obvious cause or doesn't go away with typical remedies should raise concerns. This can manifest in various parts of the body depending on the type and location of the cancer, e.g., pain in the abdomen.

Unusual bleeding: Unexpected bleeding or discharge from any part of the body, such as blood in the stool or urine, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or persistent bleeding from the gums, can be an early sign of cancer and warrants investigation.

Changes in bowel or urinary habits: Significant changes in bowel movements, such as prolonged diarrhea or constipation, or changes in urinary habits, like increased frequency or blood in the urine, or decrease in urinary flow may indicate underlying issues such as colorectal or bladder cancer.

Mouth ulcers that don't heal: Mouth ulcers that persist for an extended period without healing could be a sign of oral cancer. It's essential to have these evaluated, especially if they don't respond to conventional treatments or if there are other concerning symptoms such as with a lump in the neck.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Approach:

Once individuals come forward, we employ a multi-pronged approach for thorough evaluation:

Detailed medical and family history: Understanding your background is crucial for risk assessment.

Multi-system physical examination: A comprehensive physical exam helps identify potential abnormalities.

Advanced laboratory testing: This includes tumor markers, urine analysis, and cytology for further investigation.

Multi-cancer early detection tests(Liquid Biopsy): We utilize cutting-edge technologies like liquid biopsies and gene analysis to detect potential cancers at their earliest stages.

Specific Screening Tests:

Based on individual risk factors and age, we recommend various screening tests:

- Blood tests, tumor markers, urine tests, cytology, PAP smears, HPV detection, stool tests (FIT), PSA (for prostate cancer)

- Imaging studies- ultrasound, CT, MRI, multi-parametric MRI, PET scan, screening/ diagnostic mammogram, vacuum-assisted biopsy of breast lumps

- Procedures to detect early cancers colonoscopy, Precancerous polyps, dental examination to detect precancerous lesions in the mouth, PAP smear for cervix cancer, HPV Testing.

- Skin moles mapping to detect early cancers.

- Vaccination against HPV and hepatitis to prevent cancers causes caused by these viruses. HPV vaccination is safe. Start age 9-14 and continue up to 45 years. Hepatitis B vaccination protects against liver cancer.

Proactive Prevention Strategies:

Beyond early detection, we emphasize the importance of preventive measures:

Vaccinations: HPV vaccination for both genders starting at age 9 and Hepatitis B vaccination are crucial for preventing liver cancer.

Personalized counseling: Addressing weight management, smoking cessation, and healthy lifestyle choices through personalized counseling plays a vital role in risk reduction.

Oral and head and neck cancer screening: Regular screening programs can help identify precancerous lesions in these regions.

Dietary and environmental awareness: Personalized counseling educates individuals on the link between diet, environmental factors, and cancer risk.

Cancer survivor support groups: These groups provide invaluable support and guidance for individuals navigating their cancer journey.

Sun protection education: We advocate sun protection measures like sunscreen use and regular skin examinations.

Sexual health education: Personalized counseling promotes safe sexual practices to reduce cancer risk.

Workplace cancer awareness programs: We conduct workshops in workplaces to highlight the link between exercise and cancer prevention.

Our Commitment to Early Detection and Prevention:

Continental Hospitals stands as the first in India dedicated to bringing comprehensive cancer prevention and early detection services to the public. We are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a team of highly qualified professionals to guide you through each step of the process.

Remember, "Come soon, NOT Late to save your life" is our guiding principle. We are here to empower you to take control of your health and embrace a proactive approach to cancer prevention and early detection.

Consult with an Oncologist who can help you understand the benefits of early detection of cancer or you can also contact us at Continental Cancer Centre Hot Line Number - +91 96019 66666

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