The field of medicine has evolved tremendously over the years. Through advanced technology, we are now able to know intricate details about what goes on inside our bodies. This includes our blood, organs, and most importantly, any potential tumors forming. If only we took advantage of these technologies and got tested frequently so we can detect any potential danger before it escalates.
Tumors are abnormal masses of tissue that form when cells grow and divide more than they should, or do not die when they should and can be either benign or cancerous. Cancer forms over four stages:
There is no specific pace for tumor growth as it tends to vary from case to case. The growth rate can depend on any of the following factors:
The urgency for regular checkup varies from one person to the other. You might need to get tested if your family has a history of cancer. Certain cancers require testing at specific ages such as 35 for Breast Cancer and over 50 for Colon Cancer.
Most cancer detection tests require minimal equipment and do not require advanced technology to process the data. Most local clinics follow international protocols for testing and thus their testing results are accurate.
Test results are linked to your personal information such as ID Number, phone number, and birth date therefore the chances for a mix up to occur are extremely rare.
Early detection can help you identify any potential cancerous cells even before they visibly form. Consider yourself fortunate for detecting your cancer before any symptoms were apparent.
Mammograms do not cause breast cancer as they omit very little X-rays. The compression of the test may cause some pain, but the pain tolerance levels differ from one woman to another. Some women may feel pain during the procedure, and others may not feel anything at all.
This information is necessary to allow your doctor to analyze your data and make the correct assessment of your test results.
Cancer in a close relative, like a parent or sibling (brother or sister), is a bigger cause for concern than cancer in a more distant relative. Even if the cancer was from a gene mutation, the chance of it passing on to you gets lower with more distant relatives.
There is always a chance for mistakes, however this is quite rare for early detection tests as many samples get retested and checked by many specialists before making the final assessment.
Regardless of the results, having your medical information linked to your identity is important and can save your life in cases of accidents or emergencies. Using fake or stolen identities is considered a serious crime that is punishable by law.
If you fit one of the criteria for cancer factors you should get checked even if you feel no symptoms especially since actual symptoms could only appear in later stages.
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