You will hear this line a lot. “Early detection increases the change of survival.” This is particularly true when it’s cancer that is detected. Obviously, the earlier that cancer is found, the better since this means that any tumors should be smaller and more localized in the earliest stages. While this is not always true, it is a good rule to follow.
There are so many different types of cancer, but one thing that most types have in common is that they start out as just a few malignant cells. The lower the number of cells present, the better in terms of treatment. When the cells rapidly multiply, they form tumors. Tumors are nothing more than a lump of cells. In the case of cancer, tumors are made of malignant (or cancerous) cells. The tumors will grow in size, and eventually some of the malignant cells will spread throughout the body. They then affect surrounding tissue or spread through the body’s systems. So, you can see that the sooner cancer is detetected, the easier it is to treat.
Staying aware of your body is the first line of defense. This is why prostate and breast examinations are SO important. If you sense a lump anywhere in the body, it warrants immediate analysis to determine the cause. Self-exams and regular physical examinations by your physicians are therefore the second line of prevention! Cancers that are most often caught in their earliest stages include breast, prostate, cervical, and colon cancer.
We cannot stress enough that early detection is best when it comes to cancer treatment and survival.