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Best Preventive Oncology Service in India

OVERVIEWPreventive Oncology is a specialised discipline in oncology that focuses on key measures that can prevent cancer development or delay the progression of the malignant process. As a leading cancer hospital in India, we have a specialised preventive oncology clinic that focuses on helping individuals reduce their cancer risk and help them catch cancers in much earlier stages when they are best treated.

Cancer prevention measures can be taken on three major levels:

Primary cancer prevention:

Involves identifying cancer-causing factors and reducing the risk with a healthy lifestyle, alcohol and tobacco cessation, vaccination, and obesity management.

Secondary cancer prevention:

Involves detecting cancer before the onset of symptoms for successful treatment through screening.

Tertiary cancer prevention:

Involves delaying the disease progression and preventing complications, such as secondary malignancies once the disease becomes symptomatic.

Services By HCG Preventive Oncology Clinic

Cancer Screening

Cancer Screening is a collective term given to a series of medical tests performed on asymptomatic individuals to check for the presence of precancerous lesions. At HCG’s Preventive Oncology OPD, screening tests are available for the cancers of breast, colon, rectum, prostate, and cervix.

Tobacco and Alcohol Cessation Clinic

Tobacco and alcohol consumption increase the risk of many preventable diseases, including cancer. Psychological and medical interventions can help achieve successful tobacco and alcohol cessation by identifying triggers and building healthier coping mechanisms. Medications can also control the urge to smoke or drink.

HCG has a specialised tobacco and alcohol cessation clinic that offers psychological and medical intervention to help patients quit smoking and reduce their risk of cancer and other diseases.

Obesity Clinic

Obesity increases the risk of cancer due to factors, such as inflammation, hormone imbalance and impaired fat metabolism. Healthy weight management through a carefully planned diet and medication can reduce cancer risks and the risk of other chronic diseases.

HCG has an obesity clinic that offers personalised weight loss plans and treatment options for obese individuals. The clinic's comprehensive approach includes dietary advice, lifestyle changes, and medications that can help in suppressing appetite or reducing calorie absorption.

Cancer Prevention through Vaccination

Vaccinations for onco-viral infections like Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis-B virus (HBV) can prevent certain cancers. HPV vaccines protect against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers. The vaccine is recommended for ages 9-26 and should not replace cervical cancer screening. HBV vaccines prevent Hepatitis B, which can cause liver cancer and can be taken by individuals of all ages.

Counselling on Lifestyle Modification

Cancer is a lifestyle disease that can be prevented with a healthier and more active lifestyle. Sedentary habits, unhealthy diet, and chronic stress can trigger tumour formation and worsen cancer growth. HCG's lifestyle modification counselling sessions aim to create awareness and promote an active lifestyle, healthy diet, and stress management strategies.

Research

At HCG, novel cancer prevention strategies are adopted, including identifying biological mechanisms linked to cancer risks, studying immune system stimulation to fight cancer, developing new cancer prevention drugs, addressing socioeconomic and biological factors that increase cancer rates in specific populations, and assessing environmental exposure impact on cancer risks while intervening to reduce those exposures.

Neo-preventive Strategies

HCG adopts neo-preventive strategies to prevent cancer development. These include primary and secondary cancer prevention, genetic testing and counselling, and devising immunotherapy and nanotechnology-based cancer prevention strategies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Early cancer detection means identifying cancers before they exhibit symptoms or when symptoms are mild. Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment and reduces the risk of complications. Regular screening is critical in detecting cancers early, resulting in higher survival rates.

Some cancers go undetected for over a decade, leading to late diagnosis and treatment. Regular screening tests, however, catch cancers in much earlier stages, even before they show any symptoms and improve the survival rates for patients.

Yes. Whole-body MRI scan quickly scans the whole body for abnormal growths, inflammation or obstructions and can detect cancers before symptoms appear.

You can reduce your risk of developing cancers by making healthier lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco consumption, keeping your alcohol consumption under control, avoiding exposure to hazardous chemicals and radiation, and protecting your skin.