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Prevention & Screening

Save Lives

Screening increases the chances of finding certain cancers early when
they are most likely to be curable. Learn about the types of tests done
to find and diagnose cancer here.

At Horizon Cancer Care, we offer:

  • Breast cancer screening
  • Cervix & gynaecological cancer screening
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Others
Cancer Screenings

Screening Guidelines

Breast cancer :

Beginning at age 20: monthly Breast Self-Examination (BSE)

Age 30 to 39  : monthly BSE + Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) by doctor every two years.

Age 40-69 : monthly BSE + Clinical Breast Examination by doctor yearly    mammogram & Ultrasound breasts yearly

Cervical cancer:

Begin at 21: pap smear every 3 yrs
30-64 yrs: pap every 3 yrs or pap + HPV testing every 5 y Annual pelvic examination by doctor

Prostate cancer:

PSA ( prostate-specific antigen) every year or once in two years in men above 50 yrs

Lung cancer:

If you meet any of the criteria below, you should receive a lung cancer screening: Low-Dose CT Scan Lung every year

–  You’re between the ages of 55 and 77.

–  You’re a current smoker or a former smoker who quit within the past 15 years.

–  You have a 30 pack-year history of smoking (one pack per day for a year equals a pack-year).

Colon cancer:

Starts after 50 yrs age   Fecal (stool) occult blood test- yearly   Sigmoidoscopy  every 5 yrs  Colonoscopy every 10 yrs

Other cancers:

Screening tests are not validated, however, certain tests can be considered in at-risk individuals – like

-Regular examination of the mouth, throat who consume chewing form of tobacco
-Ultrasound of abdomen for liver tumors in cirrhotic patients, for gall bladder cancers with individuals with gall stones or living in high-risk areas, for kidney tumors in smokers and general population
– CA 125 with TVUS (transvaginal USG ) in high-risk women for ovarian & uterine cancer

Prevention: Manage Your Risk

Prevention is a cornerstone of Horizon’s approach to eliminating cancer. You can reduce your and your family’s risk for cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices, getting screened and vaccinating your children.

Smoking And Tobacco : 

People who smoke tobacco can get affected by cancer. If you have the habit of smoking, then it’s time to quit the habit to lower your disease risks and helps you live longer. Tips to help you beat tobacco and nicotine addiction:

  • Get ready. Pick a quit date and make it special
  • Get support. Request for support from your family and friends.
  • Engage yourself in acquiring new skills and behavior
  • Bring necessary changes in your day-to-day routine that triggers your tobacco use
  • Try mints, sunflower seeds or gum to keep your mouth busy
  • Consider nicotine replacement therapy
  • Have patience & willpower. It takes multiple attempts to quit smoking
DIET

The food you eat plays a vital role in cancer prevention. You can take the following steps to maintain a healthy diet, manage your weight and reduce your risk of cancer:

  • Eat a plant-based diet & protien
  • Limit red meat. Red meat contains substances that have been linked to colorectal cancer. Pork, beef, lamb, deer and buffalo are all red meat. Prefer lean animal protein like fish and chicken.
  • Choose whole grains over refined grains. Whole grains are high in fiber, which can help you stay lean and lower your cancer risk.
  • Avoid processed meat. Hotdogs, sausage, lunch meats and other processed meats contain cancer-causing substances, and eating these meats can damage your DNA, raising your colon cancer risks.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol ncreases your chances of developing oral, breast and liver cancers.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Staying active can help you lower your risk of many types of cancer including breast, colorectal and uterine cancers. Exercise helps you

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese raises your risk
  • Regulate hormone levels. Increased levels of some hormones can increase  cancer risk
  • Speeds digestion, which may reduce the time that potentially harmful substances are in the colon.
SKIN SAFETY

UV rays  can cause skin aging & skin cancer . You can protect your skin from damaging UV rays by following these steps:

  • Avoid going outdoors, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Use sunscreen and lip balm with at least SPF 30.
  • Wear sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection.
HPV

Human papilloma virus (HPV), spread by skin-to-skin or sexual contact
Several types of HPV cause genital warts & cervical, anal, vaginal, vulvar,penile & throat cancers.
cervical cancer screening can detect precancerous and cancerous lesions early.
human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: can prevent developing warts and cancers:
Gardasil: is given in three doses at 0,2 and 6 months between ages 9-12.
Cervarix: is given in three doses at 0,1 and 6 months between ages 9-12

VIRAL HEPATITIS AND CANCER

Infection with hepatitis B or C can cause long-term illness which can lead to liver damage and liver cancer…

Hepatitis B:

spread through infected blood, semen and other body fluids
The best way to protect yourself against hepatitis B is to get vaccinated.
Anyone 18 and younger should be vaccinated.
Infants should be vaccinated against the virus at birth, and complete by 6-18 months old.

Hepatitis C :

spread through infected blood.
There is no vaccine against hepatitis C.
The treatment success rate for hepatitis C is about 90 per cent.

Steps to protect yourself against hepatitis

  •  Get vaccinated (hepatitis A and B only)
  •  Never share syringes, needles or other drug equipment
  • Do not share items that might have blood or other body fluids on them, such as toothbrushes or razors
  •  If you get a tattoo, make sure the tools are sterile
  • Practice safe sex and use a condom

Risk reduction for Ovarian Cancer:

  • Oral contraceptives (the pill)
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy

High-quality Services

When deciding where to receive your cancer treatment take time to choose the best cancer care team for you. It matters that you educate yourself before starting treatment

Radiotherapy

Our advanced radiation machines and latest protocols deliver precisely dose with least side effects

Hereditary

Have a family member affected with cancer? We provide risk assessment,
genetic counselling and testing if you are concerned about hereditary cancers.

Diagnostic

Our diagnostic services include state of the art lab, latest imaging machines, expert pathology services and advanced genetic testing

Nutrition

We support you through your journey with nutritional assessment, dietary advice and tailored nutritional therapy

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