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2 Important Ways to Fight Cancer

One in eight deaths in the U.S. is due to cancer. It is estimated that 77% of all cancers that are diagnosed in U.S. are in people 55 years of age or older. Breast cancer seems to be the highest diagnosed type of cancer in women and lung cancer is the highest in men. More than 15,000 people die each day from cancer with about 580,000 dying annually from the disease.

There are two things that can help a person fight this disease:

1. Early Detection-

Many times a person with cancer will have no symptoms. That is why regular checkups and physical exams are so important. The routine tests taken at your regular checkup can decern problems and your personal care physician can run the appropriate tests to diagnose the true problem.

Age, family history and other risk factors all play a part in getting cancer. If found early most cancers can be effectively treated and there is a much better chance for a full recovery.

Some of the common types of testing are:

  •  First reviewing the patient's health history and family genetics is an important start.
  •  There is the usual physical exam looking for tumors, growths, moles, etc.
  •  A laboratory test such as urine and blood can be done, and, in some cases, a biopsy. 
  •  Imaging testing such as ultrasound, X-rays, MRI and PET/CT is another type of testing.
  •  Bone scans or "nuclear medicine scans" using a radioactive dye and a special camera to scan the area.  

2. Second Opinion-

Getting a second opinion can help a person to feel more confident that he/she is receiving the best care possible. This may help to confirm a treatment or to discover an additional treatment approach. The more knowledge you have the better informed you are and the better the prognosis.   

What most want after a diagnosis of cancer is a speedy recovery with as few side effects as possible. The right treatment plan is all-important and getting a second opinion will help in making a more informed decision as far as what treatment you will undergo.

Just like with any disease seeking out the expertise of a specialist is an important step. Do not feel that your doctor might be offended because it is perfectly understandable and smart to seek out the best information to help you learn what options are available to you before starting any treatment.

In Conclusion

Two heads are better than one and when it comes to cancer, the sooner it is detected and treated, the better chance a patient has of making a full recovery. Discovering an additional treatment option for the type of cancer and the stage or to just confirm the best approach is very important.

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