There’s a common expression that goes – Prevention is better than cure. Though clichéd, this wise expression has held true for years, inspiring constructive action to address a problem before it’s too late. The proverb is most commonly used to encourage people to take proactive health measures; by going for regular tests and checkups to identify any potential infections as early as possible.
It’s undeniable, that today’s fast paced and sometimes stressful world can be highly taxing – both on the body and mind. Surviving the daily ‘hustle and bustle’ is a task for any professional and often leads to self-neglect; making them prone to a range of health issues including high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and sometimes even cancer.
According to a report released by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 2018, cancer took more than seven lakh lives in India. This whopping number, excludes over 20 lakh Indians who continue to live and suffer from the deadly disease. As per ICMR’s estimate, the death toll is expected to rise to 8.8 lakh by 2020.
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) marked forth of February as the World Cancer Day in order to educate people more about the disease. As we cast a light on this day aimed at raising awareness about cancer, we cannot forgo the importance of prevention, detection and treatment, let’s focus on a few preventive measures that you can introduce into your lives, to help reduce and control the risk.
When it comes to prevention, smoking is the most significant cancer risk factor we can control.