The number of cancer cases has been on a rise in India. It’s been estimated that more than 10 lac cases are diagnosed every year and this number is likely to increase by fivefold by year 2025. What is more sad is that more than 80% of cancers are detected at a very late stage, which decreases the overall survival chance and also compromises on treatment plan level. Most of the cancers are diagnosed symptomatically and have already reached the advanced stage.
About 2/3rd of the cancers can be prevented by certain life style changes like quitting smoking and tobacco and screenings.
Screening may reduce cancer morbidity since treatment for earlier-stage cancers is often less aggressive than that for more advanced-stage cancers.
Everyone is at risk for cancer, men, women, the elderly and children as well. When your doctor advises you for the screening, it does not mean that you have cancer.
Screening Test can be done in different ways: