How to catch cancer early: a checklist for health from the oncologist

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Well-known Israeli oncologist Victor levy in his blog on the Snob website writes about how to detect cancer at an early stage, writes shkarec.
He emphasizes that early diagnosis allows you to troubleshoot the problem at the stage when the issue can be solved by a very simple procedure, even before the disease begins to metastatical and spread to other organs.
This, of course, need to know what signs to pay attention to. In addition, Dr. Levi emphasizes that upon detection of suspicious signs just need to go to the doctor.
So how to detect cancer early?

  • After 40 years it should be once a year to do routine blood tests which can show a problem.
  • After 40 years at least every 2 years women should do mammograms every year to visit the gynecologist and mammologist, and do Paps smear for HPV that lead to cervical cancer.
  • Men after 50 years should undergo a study of PSA (a blood test for the presence of prostate cancer) and once a year finger examination of the prostate.
  • Since 50 years, and men and women should at least once go gastro and colonoscopy to ensure no polyps. Also are recommended to undergo a fecal occult blood for the early detection of colorectal cancer.
  • Annually visit a dermatologist to study the skin for the presence of melanoma.

It is important to pay attention to any suspicious changes in the body. Here are just some of the symptoms requiring immediate treatment to the doctor:

  • constipation;
  • changing the shape of the chair;
  • traces of blood on toilet paper;
  • a lump in her breast in women;
  • the emergence and rapid growth of moles on the skin.

But that’s not all!
Dr. levy emphasizes that these recommendations are designed for healthy people who have no hereditary history of cancer in family. Moreover, the term “family” includes not only the immediate family — father, mother, brother, sister or children but also uncles, aunts, grandparents.
In the presence of such family history are encouraged to consult with genetics, which may give direction to certain genetic studies or recommend more often to pass the previously mentioned test.
In his address, Dr. levy concludes with these words:
“I am absolutely convinced that the simple guidelines outlined above, will save the lives of some readers. And if one person reading this article will think and found herself given any of my symptoms, sounds the alarm and go to the doctor or begin to monitor their health, going through the recommended research — we can assume that the article was not written in vain.”