Cancer is not a single disease, but a group of more than 100 different kinds of cancers. There are slow growing cancers and aggressive (fast growing) cancers. Most lumps, bumps, ulcers, etc. are not cancers and are called benign tumours.
Cancers or malignant tumours invade and destroy the neighbouring healthy parts of the body. It is part of their nature, that these tumours spread (metastasise) to other parts of the body and form new tumours in these new locations. Because of this, it is important to find out as early as possible if such a tumour is present and when it is discovered, proper and definitive treatment be started, as early as possible. Pain is not an early sign of cancer.
If any of these symptoms persist for two or more weeks it is important that you see your doctor and make sure it's not cancer. Don't wait for symptoms to become painful, Remember that these are not sure signs of cancer and these maybe due to many other reasons.
The earlier cancer is detected / discovered the better are your chances of cure and complete recovery. It is important to realize that many cancers today are curable.
Monthly self examination by each and every one of us will go a long way in detecting cancer at the early stage. One can stand in front of large mirror, undress completely and look for the following:
This is most important for all of us because it is through these annual check ups that we can find out about the status of our health. Annual Health check up should also include cancer check up which includes the following:
Depending on the type of cancer (diagnosis) and how far it has spread (staging) it is treated with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and often various combinations of these. It is therefore important that, if someone you know, develops a cancer, you should go to a comprehensive or dedicated cancer care superspeciality hospital with NABH ACCREDITATION, where a correct diagnosis, staging and planned treatment can be carried out.
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