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India is witnessing a paradigm shift in advanced healthcare delivery. Newer technologies, and innovations in the space are gradually changing the face of how we deliver care to patients. However, if we talk about illnesses like cancer, lack of health literacy, social stigmas, and misconceptions around it are a few of the major factors leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment.
Despite advances in the medical field, cancer continues to be perceived as a death sentence among the masses. Cancer patients are often subjected to negativity in their lives, leading to unpleasantness and eventual breakdown.
Fact: If diagnosed early, most of the cancers are now curable.
Fact: Many cancers can be diagnosed by simple clinical examination and basic tests. For financial support, various government and non-government organizations are available to help needy patients.
Fact: BMT is a very effective and curative treatment for blood cancers, which are incurable with medicines and chemotherapy. This modality of therapy is a boon for various blood disorders (even non-cancerous).
Fact: Cancer is not an infection and it is not transmitted by contact. We must not believe all myths about cancer.
Fact: Blood cancer is a blanket term, which includes leukemias, lymphomas and multiple myeloma. The treatments for blood cancers are so much revolutionized that many of them can be controlled by simple tablets. Many blood cancers are curable now. Even in older patients, life can be prolonged with excellent quality of life.
Cancer has always been viewed as a dreadful disease, so much so that people are scared to fight it. It’s important that you pay attention to the early signs and symptoms, and get yourself checked before it’s too late!