What is Preventive Oncology?

Preventive oncology, also known as cancer prevention, is an approach to reducing the risk of developing cancer or detecting it at an early stage. This involves various strategies such as lifestyle modifications, screenings, and vaccines to prevent cancer or catch it in the early stages when it is most treatable.

The side effects of preventive oncology may vary depending on the specific strategy used. Some common side effects may include discomfort at the site of a screening procedure, minor reactions to vaccinations, and temporary changes in diet or exercise habits. However, these side effects are usually mild and short-lived compared to the benefits of cancer prevention.

Preventive oncology works by targeting risk factors for cancer and minimizing their impact on the body. This can include improving overall health and well-being, limiting exposure to cancer-causing substances, and identifying precancerous conditions early on. Through regular screenings and vaccinations, preventive oncology also aims to detect and treat cancer in its early stages before it progresses.

Our team at Unique Hospital Cancer Centre understands that some strategies for cancer prevention may have side effects. That’s why we prioritize personalized care to minimize any discomfort or adverse effects. We provide detailed information and support to help patients cope with any potential side effects and make the necessary lifestyle changes.

There are various types of preventive oncology, including lifestyle modifications, screenings, and vaccines. Lifestyle modifications involve adopting healthy habits such as maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding harmful substances like tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. Screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, aim to detect cancer early on. Vaccines, such as the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer, can protect against certain types of cancer.

Preventive oncology strategies can be implemented at any age, but it is recommended to start as early as possible to reduce the risk of cancer. Screening procedures may have recommended ages or intervals based on individual risk factors such as family history and lifestyle habits.

At Unique Hospital Cancer Centre, we have a team of top-rated medical oncologists and hematologist oncologists, including Dr. Ashish Gupta, a USA-board-certified oncologist with decades of experience. Our cancer day-care centers in Delhi offer state-of-the-art technology and personalized care for each patient. We also have a strong focus on cancer prevention, with a commitment to integrating the latest protocols and medications and offering alternative and complementary therapies. Additionally, we have received top national rankings for our cancer care, making us a trusted choice for preventive oncology.

How long does it take?

The duration of preventive oncology varies depending on the specific strategy used. For example, lifestyle modifications and regular screenings may be ongoing, while vaccines may be a one-time dose. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized plan and provide support throughout your cancer prevention journey.

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