Cancer (malignancy) is an abnormal growth of cells. It is the second leading cause of death worldwide, with 1 out of 6 deaths globally due to cancer.
There are over 100 types or cancers, all with varying symptoms and severities. Age is the biggest single risk factor, with risk significantly increasing over 50 years old.
The most common cancers in men are lung, prostate and colorectal cancer. The most common cancers in women are breast, colorectal and lung.
Risk factors include aging, smoking, overweight, sun exposure, radiation exposure, carcinogens, family history of cancers, poor diet ( low nutrition ); amongst many others.
Cancer mortality can be reduced signicantly if cases are detected and treated early. There are 2 components of early detection: cancer screening and early diagnosis.
Correct diagnosis and early detection signicantly improves survivability, treatment success and reduces risk of cancer recurrence and mortality.
Who should get tested?
– individuals above 50 years old
– individuals with family history of cancer ( no matter what age)
– patients with previous cancers ( no matter what type of cancer)
– people who are overweight
– people with poor nutrition
*This package also assesses the severity of disease in those who have tested positive for elevated levels of tumour markers.*
What's included in the Premium Male Cancer Screening at Healtopedia:
β-hCG is a tumour marker used to help diagnose and monitor gestational trophoblastic disease or germ cell tumors. A raised value increases the likelihood of cancer. Early detection greatly improves response to treatment.
When tested in the context of cancer, ferritin is detected at higher levels in the sera of many cancer patients. Higher levels correlate with aggressive disease and poor clinical outcome.
AFP (alpha feto protein) helps diagnose and monitor treatment for certain cancers of the liver, ovaries or testicles. A raised value increases the likelihood of cancer. Early detection greatly improves response to treatment.
▸ CA 19.9
This is a pancreatic cancer marker. A raised value increases the likelihood of pancreatic cancer. Early detection greatly improves response to treatment.
CEA is a tumour marker for certain cancers like colon, bladder, breast, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, stomach and thyroid. A raised value increases the likelihood of cancer. Early detection greatly improves response to treatment.
PSA is a prostate cancer tumour marker. A raised value increases the likelihood of prostate dysfunction, either cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia. Early detection greatly improves response to treatment.
A full comprehensive report with complete tests breakdown will be made available in soft and hard copy within 24-48 hours. Any abnormalities or discrepancies will be highlighted. You will then be offered the opportunity to see a medical specialist who will review the results with you within 24 hours of receiving your report.
Fasting : please fast for 10 hours prior to your blood test. No food or drinks are allowed, however water is permitted.
Women : for more accurate results, it is recommended that you do this test 3 days before or 3 days after menstruation.