Cancer is one of the most talked about diseases in the world. Cancer types like lung, thyroid, breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer are prevalent in UAE. Let us have a look and try to understand what exactly cancer is and how it can be avoided with the help of timely preventive health checkup from health experts.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is an ailment, which induces the growing of unusual cells in a part of the body. This growth is uncontrollable and is harmful to the normal body tissues. This abnormal multiplication of cells is known as cancer. The cancer cells often multiply from their site of origin and spread all over the body. This process is known as metastasis. This weakens the body and if not detected and treated on time, may eventually lead to death.
Causes of Cancer
To understand cancer, it is important to know the causes of cancer. Cancer has various causes but some of the common causes of cancer are:
One of the main causes of cancer is the genes. Cancer cells can be transmitted via genes. Many types of cancers like breast cancer, skin cancer, and ovarian cancer are the types of cancer which are usually caused by genetic defects.
Exposure to Toxins:
Cancer is also caused as a result of exposure towards toxic compounds such as asbestos, benzene, tobacco and cigarette smoke. Thus, it is very important to stay away from such toxic compounds as a preventive measure.
Harmful radiations of ultraviolet rays from the sun can lead to skin cancer. Also, radiations which come from different harmful sources also lead to cancer.
Symptoms of Cancer
Different cancers have different symptoms. These symptoms depend upon the body part which is affected by the cancer cells. In some cancer patients, it may also be possible that the symptoms appear only after reaching the advanced stage of cancer. However, there are certain common symptoms of cancer, which can be identified. They are as follows:
Unexplained loss of weight or appetite
Sharp pain in bones or other body parts
Fatigue, vomiting, and nausea
Infections, which are recurring at specific intervals of time
If you come across any such symptoms seek immediate help from a doctor who will advise all the relevant tests. However, prevention is always better than cure. So, regular complete health checkup is advised for everyone irrespective of age and gender. This will definitely help in cancer prevention and will help detect cancer in the early stage when it is still curable.
Cancer in UAE
Cancer in UAE has been one of the leading causes of deaths. According to statistics, there are approximately 4500 cases of cancer, which are reported in a year. The government of UAE is trying hard to reduce the cancer cases by 18% by 2021. Prevention health care experts like Indus Health Plus play an instrumental role in creating awareness for cancer prevention and offering specialized health checkups.