NEARLY all the cancer patients presented at the hospital were in their very late stages and were too late to treat, a doctor says.
Pacific International Hospital’s consultant oncologist Dr Suresh Raghunath said the most common cancer he had seen in the last two weeks were prostate and cervical cancers.
“Cervical cancer cases I have seen had symptoms for months and one of the patients had even crossed the survival of the disease,” he said.
“They have not got the treatment that they were supposed to have and are too late to treat.”
Dr Raghunath said cervical cancer could be cured if detected early.
“But it does not give you a chance if you leave it too late,” he said.
“Do not delay the diagnosis and treatment.”
He has urged every citizen to visit clinics for check ups.
“If you have bleeding anywhere, an unusual discharge, a pain in your back or in your abdomen or in your bones.
“If your voice is changing or you’re coughing, vomiting blood.
“If your bowel or bladder functions seems alerted or you feel a heaviness and swelling in you abdomen or anywhere in your body and you lose weight and suddenly don’t feel like eating anymore,”he said.
His advice was to contact the nearest oncologist at the earliest.
“Do not leave anything to chance,” he said.
“Take the treatment when it can be treated because after a point, the disease can’t be treated.
“Take the advice, take the treatment and go back to your homes and communities and face life stronger than before and help the next person suffering.”
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