'I am and I will’ - Awareness is the key in cancer treatment!
The number of cancer patients is increasing each day in the world. It is the second leading cause of death globally. With modern technology and high quality treatment facilities, the disease becomes curable but will- power of the patient and awareness of the disease are crucial aspects In the process of treatment.
Today, February 4, is World Cancer Day. With the theme of this year's World Cancer Day, "I am and I will," doctors wish to give a boost to the will-power of cancer patients. It represents an empowering call-to-action urging personal commitment, and also represents the power of action taken now to have a positive impact on the future. It focuses on 'together, all our actions matter.'
The theme also means, 'You and your commitment to act. We believe that through our positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and noncommunicable diseases by one third by 2030.' All doctors, while discussing about cancer focus on one point: awareness of people about the disease and the symptoms.
The alarmingly high rise in the number of cancer patients every day seems worrying according to the doctors. Previously, the numbers were less, but now with the changed lifestyles, food habits and due to many other reasons the number of patients is increasing rapidly. There is also another concern that the female patients outnumber male patients.
According to oncologists, cancer can occur in different parts of the body and the reasons for the cancers are many. The basic reasons of the cancers are, erratic food habits, junk food, unhealthy lifestyle, imbalanced diet, fasting, stress, chewing of gutka, betel nuts, smoking, drinking etc. However only 20 per cent to 30 per cent alcoholics and smokers get affected by cancer and the maximum number of cancer patients are non-alcoholic and non- smokers, reveals studies.
Hospitals report about several cancer cases from new born babies to older citizens of 90 years approaching them for treatment. Individuals should be careful enough to understand the symptoms of the disease. If patients can get themselves tested after detecting symptoms at an early stage, it becomes easier for medical practitioners to treat them, and the treatment also becomes successful, doctors suggest.
A few symptoms of cancer can be anorexia, loss of appetite, bleeding from several places especially vaginal for female, rectal bleeding for males, water discharge or colour change from any mole in the body, bleeding without any injury, unexplained weight loss etc.
To protect oneself from the disease, its suggested to maintain a good and balanced diet. Ideally, heavy breakfast, lots of water Intake, balanced food, proper awareness on the symptoms etc are the key points which everyone should practice. Liver problem, thyroid issues, excessive tiredness, laziness, frequent and long duration of fever, clots, Lymphoma - all these can be symptoms of cancer.
Many are unaware that Lymphoma is a kind of blood cancer. If the disease can be detected early then there is a possibility of 100 per cent curability. Individuals are advised to get tested once every three years. Women can do a self breast examination at their homes initially which helps in detecting breast related cancer or tumour. It’s also advisable to undergo routine general examination like X-ray, USG and basic tests so that any disease can be detected early.
On this International Awareness Day, lets take atleast a small step forward to raise worldwide attention and inspire action for a cancer free future. Avoiding red meat, alcohol, arsenic water, having regular good diet habits, keeping away from fast food etc, can help considerably to avert these types of diseases and lead a healthy life.
(The author is the Chairperson of CSA, Director of TGL, Senior Director of FWO and Editor of The Intl Journal)