February 3rd, 2016
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“It’s been over a year”, said the lady patient. I was shocked. I had asked her how long she had the lump in her breast. She was in her mid-sixties and was carrying the cancerous tumor in her breast for a year! She consulted me only when the tumor almost ripped out of her skin and the pain became unbearable. By the time she came to me for treatment, cancer had claimed most of her body. Fortunately, it had not gotten out of hand. If only she hadn’t ignored the symptoms for a long time, she could have suffered less.
As an oncologist, I encounter such cases every now and then. A lot of people try to escape from screening tests out of fear – of getting diagnosed with cancer. It only worsens the situation, making treatment lengthy and more painful. Early detection, on the other hand, makes the treatment easy and speeds up recovery. A very important thing to remember – most cancers are PAINLESS AT THE BEGINNING. They get painful as they advance. Early cancers can be treated laparoscopically or robotically and the patients can recover phenomenally faster than open surgery.
Interestingly, I often come across the “overdoers”. These people suspect they have cancer even if they experience mild pain in the throat or notice nodes or lumps somewhere on their body. When women in their twenties come to me with a heap of mammography reports, I have to convince them that they don’t have breast cancer and it’s highly unlikely that they would get it in the near future.
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– Dr. Sandeep Nayak
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