How Medical Tourism Can Prevent Cancer Worldwide
Cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells which can occur in any part of the body. There are a hundred cancer types, making it one of the leading causes of mortality particularly in developing countries around the globe. The disease spreads at an alarming rate, with 14.1 million new cases in 2012 alone.
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According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer GLOBOCAN database and the World Health Organization more than 50% of cancers occur in less developed countries. The four most common cancer types worldwide are lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancer.
Lung cancer affects mostly men and is caused by the acute use of tobacco, which caused more than 1 in 5 cancer deaths in 2012.
Colon Cancer can be tricky, as it can only be detected on its last stage. Predisposition to Colon Cancer may include history of alcohol use as well as consumption of fiber, red and processed meat. A patient’s bodyweight and physical activity are also associated risks.
Among women, breast cancer still remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the causes include a patient’s reproductive behavior, history of exogenous hormones and alcohol use, as well as diet and physical activity, and differences in weight.
How is medical tourism helping decrease those numbers?
In 2012, 14.1 million new cases of cancer were reported in less developed regions of the world. From these cases 8.2 million people died from cancer.
Countries such as India, Turkey, Mexico, South Korea and Thailand are among the top destinations for cancer diagnosis and treatments. Early diagnosis and treatment using the latest innovations abroad still remain a priority in treating cancer. There are a variety of treatments available for cancer and most patients nowadays consider travelling abroad to get access to modern procedures and accessible costs.
Common treatments for cancer are chemotherapy and radiotherapy and some treatments may require surgery. Because of technological advancement, cancer treatments and procedures continue to improve and medical tourism make them more accessible and affordable. Some of the latest treatments used for Cancer are Stem Cell Therapy, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, Intensity Modulated Radiation, Cyberknife, and Novalis Radiosurgery Guided Truebeam.
Many cancer patients could have been saved if they lead a healthy lifestyle or if they had stopped smoking and drank alcohol in moderation, as 30% of cancers can be preventable. Other cancer types when detected early, can even be treated and cured.
Getting the right information at the right moment, visiting your doctor when you feel that something is wrong, having access to the right treatment and medication and receiving help on time could save the patient's life and could dramatically decrease the number of cancer fatalities worldwide.
By providing up to date information on international healthcare providers, options for accredited medical centres, treatments, procedures and packages, PlacidWay is helping patients all over the world reach destinations that offer accessible, affordable, safe and quality healthcare.
PlacidWay, a leader in the medical tourism industry, has a network of over 250 renowned medical centers from more than 30 countries. PlacidWay is able to help customers from all over the world get access to personalized, safe and affordable medical care according to their budget and needs, no matter where they are from.
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