Cancer cases are growing at an annual rate of 18%. What it means for us is not only to treat but to go all out and use our knowledge in spreading awareness amongst fellow citizens.
There are few cancers like lung cancers, oral cancers and cervical cancers which can be prevented to some extent by lifestyle changes such as no tobacco use and getting the vaccination Many cancers such as breast cancers, liver cancers if detected during early stages can be managed by modern medicine.
In the USA, all individuals between 50-75 years are advised to undergo periodic colonoscopies to diagnose colon cancer early. Now that is some time away for us in India when we will have enough insurance coverage and health awareness to set such steep guidelines.
Lately, our society has also developed mistrust over doctor fraternity and many times the basic investigation also creates questions in the minds of the patients. We need to re-build this trust and move forward Our larger goal should always be focused upon cancer prevention, early detection and building trust through the right approach for our patients.