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• Cancer is a significant burden to the society
“The best time to fight cancer is before it starts.”
– Dr. Richard Beliveau.
As I drank my coffee my attention caught the title ‘cancer is a significant burden to the society’. Of course, as a coffee drinker, I am mindful that a particularly study showed that coffee drinking was linked to pancreatic cancer, but the conclusion was not valid. I tried to limit my coffee to a cup a day!
One person in three develops cancer in their lifetime, and one out of four dies from it. Cancer is the most common in some organs. The most common cancer in males is prostate cancer. The second and third most common cancers are lung and colorectal cancers. For females, the most common cancer is breast cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer. The incidence and prevalence of cancer varied depending on the population and demographics.
President Richard Nixon signed the National Act of Cancer in December 1971. He declared war on cancer, and his mission was to eliminate cancer within the decade of 1970. Obliviously, we all know the history.
During the recent Conservation Party Convention, I was unsurprised to hear PM Rishi Sunak increase the smoking age. I understand this is a preventive disease strategy to improve the well being of the Nation.
Am I obligated to be healthy? Was the question on my mind, and should the government restrict other people’s autonomy?
Anonymous Case study ( Is psychiatry working?)
“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”
A young lady was admitted to the acute psychiatry ward because of symptoms of anxiety and depression with no apparent pre-existing high blood pressure or chronic medical conditions, according to her record.
Upon review this anxiety-looking lady in her 20s presents with high blood pressure. On admission, she was started on an SSRI ( Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors) anti-depressant medication. The medication dose was quickly titrated up, and she received supportive care from the fantastic inpatient nurses.
Repeating her blood pressure accurately in the acute ward was always a challenge.
Unclear if she has had CBT recently, but the plan was to be discharged and followed up by the community team (the CBT waiting list is constantly growing like a musical string!)
It was unclear if she began smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes in the community or following admission. The Family expressed concerns and wanted her to be discharged against medical advice.
This was during the height of Covid-19!
Clinical reasoning is always challenging for the best clinician with constant distractions in the acute ward.
What is the big elephant in the room?
What would you do?
Can screening for cancer be Useful?
- Why wouldn’t we do a PSA test every year?
Sorry about the digression and back to the question of cancer.
A family friend recently asked about the usefulness of the PSA, and my response is that I didn’t provide medical advice to Family and friends and suggested he consult with his family physician.
I shared with him my healthy Lifestyle and close monitoring of my PSA, given my African ancestry and, of course, collaborating with my family physician. However, I find the current guidelines fascinating.
I recently did my routine blood work, and my PSA is something I have been keeping a close eye on.
It’s frustrating when I can’t afford someone like Ted Schaeffer, an internationally recognized urologist specializing in prostrate cancer; however, my family physician is doing a great job.
Interestingly, my PSA, which has remained below 1 in the last few years, has been trending downward since I stopped being a night watcher and fire-fighter on acute wards!
I am mindful that correlation is not causation, and I could be wrong, as this could be due to other confounding factors.
What do you think?
Share your thoughtful comment below.
• My preventive Strategies to beat cancer.
“Prevention is better than cure.”
I am not your doctor. Please consult with your family physician for any symptoms.
– Is a healthy lifestyle protective of cancer?
My understanding is that sexual activity itself is not directly protective against cancer, but some factors may influence cancer risks.
Regular sexual activity is a healthy lifestyle, and may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Sexual activity is a stress reduction strategy, as chronic stress may contribute to the progression of certain diseases, including cancer.
I would like to know your thoughts on this sensitive topic.
Is sex protective of prostatic cancer?
The relationship between sexual activity and prostate cancer is complex, and our understanding is still evolving.
There is an epidemiologic study that suggests that men who were ejaculating more than 20 times a month had a lower of developing prostate cancer.
When I shared this study with my beautiful wife, she smiled and said couples must have sex more than three times per week!
It’s a win-win. Right?
– I am a passive smoker
I must admit not too long ago, I was a passive smoker because I had unthinkingly signed the Hippocratic oath. In my book ALIVE OR NOT ALIVE, I discussed the increasing cancer incidence among night workers. I must admit I lost my direction locating a landmark locally without access to my phone.
I approached a stranger, probably on her break, an overweight lady puffing on multi-coloured e-cigarettes for direction. She was so kind to google the directions on her phone and pointed me in the right direction. She said, “Hope you don’t mind my e-cigarette, she puffed and smiled.” I said no, not at all. I have always wondered if it was cigarettes or that break that helped people to clear their heads.
This is an observation and not a judgment. We are all a work in progress. Right!
• DEEP DIVE into Strategies to prevent cancer
“The first wealth is health.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Preventing cancer includes a combination of lifestyle choices and early detection.
1. Healthy Diet
2. Regular exercise
3. Tobaccos and Alcohol Use
4. Sun protection
7. HPV and Safe Sex
8. Environmental Exposure
9. Limit Processed `foods
10. Regular Health Check-ups
11. Know Your Family History
Remember that no preventive strategy is 100% foolproof, but the above steps can considerably reduce your risk of developing cancer. Please consult your healthcare professionals for personalized guidance and screening based on your risk factors.
Which one of the preventive strategies above can you relate to?
Please share your feedback and comments below.
What is my chance of living up to 100?
“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.”
– Jim Valvano
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This information is for general information purposes. Please consult with your healthcare professionals if you have any concerns about cancer or any symptoms.