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Cancer-Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Medical technology has really enhanced by leaps and bounds in the past decade, and with the improved knowledge, we now know the causes of many diseases. Cancer is one such disease that we know is often associated with our lifestyle choices. There are many types of cancers prevalent today, and most of them can be completely prevented. Unfortunately, cancer prevention has not really been emphasized much.

What is Cancer?
To understand if cancer is preventable, one has to first understand what cancer really is.

  • Cancer is mainly a disease that afflicts the aged, though this trend is quickly changing.
  • Cancer is caused by an uncontrolled cell division in various parts of the body or internal organs.
  • Cancer is a disease that spreads through the body. Though it may begin at one part of the body, it can affect other nearby organs as well.
  • Cancers can be malignant or benign, and their treatment depends on their type as well as the extent to which they have spread in the body.

How Can Cancer Be Prevented?
A lot of lifestyle factors contribute to cancer. Taking care of these factors can safely prevent it. Here’s what you can do.

  • Eat healthy, organic and freshly prepared food.
  • Consume foods with high antioxidant content. The antioxidants in these foods neutralize the oxygen radicals that are responsible for triggering the uncontrolled cell growth in the body.
  • Exercise regularly because it keeps your organs healthy, detoxifies your blood and helps remove harmful substances from the body.
  • Avoid consumption of harmful substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco and drugs.

How Can an Effective Preventive Program Be Implemented?
It is clear that an effective preventive program is difficult to implement. If it hadn’t been so, such preventive programs would already have been in place. Certain policy measures, such as ban on cigarettes and alcohol, can help prevent abuse of such substances. However, no program which forces people to change their lifestyles can technically be instituted or implemented. Therefore, prevention of cancers and other dangerous diseases largely remains voluntary. An attitude change is certainly warranted and risk taking behaviors should be strongly discouraged. Still, there are ways in which awareness about cancer can be spread. The more awareness there is, the more people would take preventive measures. These methods of raising awareness include:

  • Public service announcements and advertisements.
  • Advertorials concerning vital information about cancers.
  • Proactive discussions with family doctors or health care workers.
  • Free health camps that offer checkups and discussions about various pressing health issues.
  • Mass awareness campaigns using mass media.

Understand Warning Signs
The most important step towards preventing cancer from becoming a life threatening disease is to know and understand the warning signs. This is important because:

  • The sooner a cancer is detected and diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated.
  • Looking for warning signs of cancer can help prevent its spread through the body, which makes the cancer that much more difficult to treat.
  • Identifying signs of cancer can prompt you to apply for a free EHIC card or EHIC renewal.
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