Medicine

Cancer: When suspicion should lead you to hospital

Cancer: When suspicion should lead you to hospital

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that an effective awareness campaign against cancer is very important to effectively treat this crippling disease.

According to World Health Organization reports, Cervical Cancer is caused by sexually acquired infection, with certain types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). A brainchild of two women from Bengaluru, Dr Geeta Manjunath and Dr Nidhi Mathur, Thermalytix is a screening process where thermal images of the breast are taken and an algorithm is developed, which scans and gives a report on whether there are chances of breast cancer development in future.

"On World Cancer Day (4 February) WHO highlights that cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence, as the capacity exists to reduce its burden and improve the survival and quality of life of people living with the disease".

The most common cancer type reported in children is leukaemia, commonly known as blood cancer, which is also the cancer of the bone marrow and blood, occurring in both baby boys and girls.

Latest statistics available from 2018 shows lung cancer is the most common among Turkish men while breast cancer is the most prevalent form of the disease among women in the country. The five-year survival rate soared to 78% when the cancer was diagnosed at stage 1. In 2018, the disease led to almost 7 lakh deaths.

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Michelle Di Tomaso, co-founder of Dense Breasts Canada, became an outspoken advocate for the issue after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, at the age of 44, despite having an all-clear mammogram a few months earlier. Because of major advances in treatment, more children treated for cancer survive into adulthood.

The writer is Consultant Medical Oncologist at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. "By detecting cancer at its earliest stage, we seize the greatest opportunity to prevent millions of avoidable deaths worldwide".

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"We have never been so advanced in terms of understanding the biology of cancer and developing new treatments than we are today", Dr. Dreicer said. "Approximately 30-50% of cancers can be prevented if these policies are maximally implemented".

"It's only by making people more aware that they can make informed choices". We need a shift of mindset to change from taking an early cancer screening to applying professional early prevention and control techniques. Other factors may also be helpful such as avoiding habits that are among causes of cancer. Bangladesh Oral Cancer Society President Professor Dr Matiur Rahman Molla presided over the event and urged the media to raise awareness among the public about oral cancer and its causes.


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