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Can lifestyle modifications and preventive measures reduce the risk of cancer?


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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 46-year-old male and I want to know about cancer screening. What are the primary types of cancer screening tests available, and who should consider undergoing them? Are there age or risk factors that determine the appropriate timing and frequency of these tests? How effective are cancer screening tests in detecting cancer at an early stage, and how does early detection impact the prognosis and treatment outcomes? What are the potential risks and benefits associated with cancer screening tests, including false positives and false negatives? How can I make an informed decision about whether to undergo a particular screening test? Is there a role for lifestyle modifications and preventive measures in reducing the risk of cancer, and how can I incorporate these into my daily routine?

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

Cancer screening is mandatory to detect cancer at a very early stage or to prevent cancer. At 46 years of age, all males should undergo screening for colon cancer, prostate, and head and neck cancer. Different countries have different screening programs for colon cancer. Some advocate for a colonoscopy every five years starting at age 40, while others first advocate fecal occult blood tests. We have to identify high-risk individuals for different cancers depending upon multiple factors eg, family history, personal history, profession, prolonged exposure to certain chemicals, etc. Lifestyle modifications, including a healthy diet and exercise, have a bigger role in some cancers.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you.


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Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah
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