If detected at an initial stage, cancer treatment is more effective and less costly. If treatment begins at an advanced stage, costs are very high and survival chances are also low. The sad fact is that in India 70% of cancers are detected at advanced stages. We urge that every person and especially the elderly should go in for annual cancer check-ups. Organisations like Indian Cancer Society carry-out annual cancer screening free of cost. For women, mammogram and pap-smear test are a must.
Some of the warning signs of cancer onset are (a) Change in bowel or bladder habits (b) A sore that does not heal (c) Unusual bleeding or discharge (d) Thickening or lump on breast or elsewhere. (e) Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing (f) Obvious change in wart or mole and (g) Nagging cough or hoarseness.
Organisations listed below offer cancer screening and checkup at an affordable price. In addition, all cancer hospitals have screening facilities.