• Matthias Ferrieres

Importance of Prevention in Critical Illness

Health systems are increasingly investing in efforts to prevent disease and promote health for populations. Certain Critical Illnesses are preventable and many cancers are treatable and curable, especially with effective treatment in the early stages.

Screening helps to detect early signs of cancer or pre-cancerous conditions before any symptoms appear. By the time symptoms appear, the disease is often at an advanced stage.



What are the advantages to do regular check up?

  • Early Detection will help you to get Early Treatment: Screening helps to detect early signs of critical illness conditions before any symptoms appear. The treatment would be less aggressive as the critical illness is smaller and has not spread to other parts of the body

  • Less Treatment Needed means Less Cost Incurred: Treatment of early critical illness is typically less invasive as compared to more advanced critical illness. Receiving less treatment also means less cost incurred and shorter recovery time.

  • Treating Pre Critical Illness before they have the chance to progress: If pre-critical illness conditions are found, there would be even less to worry about. Treatment can be done to prevent the conditions from progressing into a full critical illness.



More importantly: Stay healthy and spend your time focused on meaningful work and career, Spending time with family and friends, and looking forward to milestone celebrations like children’s graduation, wedding and becoming grandparents.


How to prevent critical illness beside health screening?

  • Eat a healthy diet: Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while avoiding refined sugars, saturated fats and sodium, can help reduce your risk for cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's. And if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

  • Be more physically active: There are many benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you lower your blood sugar, increase your cardio and promote weight loss and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Protect yourself from the sun: Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer — and one of the most preventable.

  • Control your drinking to an average of one drink a day. Excess alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, larynx (voice box), esophagus (food pipe), liver, and colon; it also increases a woman's risk of breast cancer.

  • Dont Smoke: Smoking further increases the risk of cancer. Avoid tobacco in all its forms, including exposure to secondhand smoke.





Source:

https://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/get-screened/why-go-for-regular-cancer-screening.html

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-10-commandments-of-cancer-prevention


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