An ounce of prevention is better than an ounce of cure: chronic disease takes time to grow, and often can grow more rapidly in the young due to their higher metabolic rate.
Cancer or other chronic disease starts small, and grow over the years.
A tumor eventually grows and compress other parts of your organs at which point you start to feel pain, and usually, these signs show in your normal blood test result. If you are regularly checked, you have a much higher chance of catching a potential tumor or life-threatening disease.
Even though a healthy lifestyle is much more likely to prevent cancer, in some cases an illness is completely unexpected, as illustrated in the case of Dana Reeve:
“How could this happen?” For many, that was the inevitable question Tuesday in response to the news that Dana Reeve, the sunny and vibrant widow of Christopher Reeve, had died of lung cancer at the stunningly young age of 44.
“While it is the more the more unusual scenario that someone who never smoked would develop lung cancer, 10 to 15 percent of the cases do occur in non-smokers,” says CBS News health correspondent Emily Senay.
“One of the major problems is, by the time it’s detected, it’s often quite far advanced.”
“What I didn’t know is that lung cancer is the number-one cancer. We’re always looking for breast and ovarian and uterine, and I’m a non-smoker, and I live in the country, so I think ‘I’m good,’ so I was completely shocked,” she told “Entertainment Tonight” interviewer Kathie Lee Gifford. (“ET” is also part of CBS, Inc.)
Human beings live a relatively long time in comparison to most animal species. A lot of that long lifespan can be directly credited to improvements over the last hundred years in public health programs like vaccinations, purifying water, antiseptic surgery techniques and eradication of a few major diseases, such as smallpox.
Generally, the frequency and interval of health screening and regular checkups should occur in both our younger years, where we have fewer immunizations and natural antibodies to fight diseases, and also in the elderly and middle aged, who are more likely to develop life-threatening diseases.
Young adults and adults up to age 30 can receive checkups every two years, for the most part, except for PAP screening in women which should occur more regularly and also a monthly breast self-examination.
At age 30 and onward, regular annual checkups should be mandatory, as well as regular screenings for certain male or female issues Intelligent planning and forethought in getting medically screened can make a world of difference to any person’s quality of life. Try to adhere to an effective yet simple-to-follow healthcare plan whenever possible!
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