Can it come without a warning?
“For most cancers, there are warning signs and symptoms and the benefits of early detection are indisputable. How people with possible cancer symptoms decide whether or not to seek medical help determines their chances of cure and survival. We find that patients often dismiss their early symptoms, especially if the “red-flag” warning symptoms are painless or sporadic. Some just watch and wait, some are afraid of poor prognosis, some lack confidence in doctors, some think their problem is related to ageing. As a society, we have particularly poor “suspicion index” for cancer and it leads to delayed diagnosis and treatment. For any symptom that continues for more than three weeks, do not rule cancer out. Treating cancer early means you have a far better chance of beating the disease.”
DR HARIT CHATURVEDI, Surgical oncologist, Chairman, Max Institute of Oncology and Indian Cancer Society