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“The Best  Defence against Cancer-  Early detection”

finding a cancer early before it has spreadgives you the best chance to do something about it. Knowing about these cancers and how they can be prevented or found early can save your life!

Countries across the world are experiencing transitions in disease occurrences with a rapid increase in chronic and incurable diseases. India is also experiencing the change with 63% of all deaths contributed by the non-communicable diseases (NCD). Cancer ranks second in the NCD’s list! India is expected to share nearly 25-30% of world cancer incidences and deaths in the coming years! For many of us, the disease bears a mysterious connotation, and is considered fatal and one of the most horrifying diseases, which not only affects the physical body, but also causes severe emotional turbulence for the sufferer and for the respective kith and kin. It has been a direct and unconquerable threat to the human existence for the longest time ever. Cancer has become an important Public Health Problem with over 800,000 new cases occurring every year, and is one of the ten leading causes of death in India. At any point of time, it is estimated that there are nearly 2.5 million cases in the country with nearly 400,000 deaths occurring due to insufficient /inappropriate /delayed diagnosis and/ or treatment. Ignorance and affordability factor amongst both literate and illiterate have killed many, according to survey results. Most of us are not aware that cancer can be cured completely, if detected early.Cancer registries have also highlighted that more than 80% of cancer in females occur in the age group of 35-64, and 3.5% to 4.5% in childhood, thereby suggesting the impact of cancer as a major public health problem in the most productive age group. The options that are left with the common man with the present life style regarding cancer . • Be alert to any new symptoms that arise due to major problems, and seek immediate medical attention for an early diagnosis. (or) • Go for regular screening programs to prevent further advancement of cancer.