June 6 is National Cancer Survivor Day!
Today we recognize and celebrate the lives of the more than 43 million people living with and beyond cancer in the world.
According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, “a ‘cancer survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.”
Did you know that it is possible to detect most cancers early?
About 5 % of cases of cancer could have been detected sooner and treated more effectively. Patient survival rates and quality of life may be significantly improved by early detection, screening, and diagnosis.
Most people present cancer signs or symptoms at the primary care level in the year before their formal cancer diagnosis!
When cancer is detected at an early stage — and when coupled with appropriate treatment—the chance of survival beyond 5 years is higher than when detected at a later stage. In the United States, the 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed with cervical cancer at an advanced stage, is 15%, compared to 93% if diagnosed when the cancer has not spread.
Early detection can also considerably reduce complexity of cancer treatment and its costs. A study from MDPI, for instance, estimates cost savings from early diagnosis in the U.S. at $26 billion per year.
Early consultations with a Primary Health Care Provider and sharing your feelings and symptoms with him or her are crucial to prevent or early detect any sorts of conditions or diseases, including cancer.
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