Do cancer screening once every year – Top expert on how to beat cancer
Invest in annual focused cancer screening with top experts – it will pay off. “Treat yourself like you would treat your new car. It runs perfectly well – but still needs a checkup.” – Leading cancer prevention expert explains the best way to avoid cancer:
You lead the integrated cancer prevention center, you also published a very interesting paper that screened 300 individuals for 11 different cancers. Dr. Anton Titov, MD You actually found high rate of tumors, 2 to 3 times higher cancer rate than in general population – presence of both malignant and benign tumors. Could you please talk about that research and your views on having screening programs for cancer prevention as outlined in your paper… This was our first paper, we had another paper where we summed up the result of the first 1,000 cancer screening patients. Dr. Nadir Arber, MD Now the first 10,000 and so far about 20,000 patients attended this unique Integrated Cancer Prevention Center – that is actually the only one in the world that is doing one-stop shop for cancer prevention and detection. The best therapy of cancer is early detection and prevention, When there is a cancer, especially when there are symptoms, I do not say that there is nothing to do, but in most of cancer cases we can maybe delay cancer progression, but real cure usually is not achievable. But if you find cancer at early stage, you find a smaller melanoma here, you take it out in five minutes, that’s it! If you wait another few months – melanoma’s depth is 0.1 millimeters and there is metastases everywhere. So the key point is cancer early detection and cancer prevention and what we are doing here in my center is – within four hours we have all the physicians and all the equipment and all the staff and the blood tests and obviously we are in a tertiary big excellent hospital. We are able to provide these services so people are coming and going into different testing stations, which is not simple, but we are able to computerize it and to direct them to each cancer testing station in synchronous ways and in harmony. And then we are able to detect early cancer, and surprisingly we were able to find tumors in about 13% percent of our [cancer screening program] attendees, but almost all of cancers were at very early stage. And I can tell you some statistic which is quite strong and it’s not coming just from Israel, it’s worldwide. Mortality from cancer is overall is about 60% from all the millions of cancers found around the world. In Israel – maybe this is another testament of the good medicine in Israel – there’s about 28,000 new cancer cases per year, and 11,000 people dying from cancer, which turns into about 39% cancer mortality. This statistic on cancer in Israel is better than average worldwide. In my cancer prevention center, the mortality from cancer is only 15%, which again gives us some kind of indication that what we’re doing is good. If you are able to detect cancer at an early stage then cancer cure rate is close to 100%. I think [cancer prevention] is always difficult for people to understand, because it’s difficult to understand something that did not happen, like we prevented an event that did not happen – but it’s like having a car: when you have a brand new car, you still need to do this annual checkup test. The car feels fine, it’s brand new, but you still do [check up tests], that is my advice to people – treat yourself at least as you treat your car. Once a year you are entitled to have a check-up, and everything is fine Don’t feel that you wasted your time and money – it’s worth it and it can give you a big return. I think it’s certainly true but it’s also important to do the right test for early cancer detection, because a lot of the generally available screening tests that are done during the checkups, they’re really not intended for the early diagnosis of both heart disease and sometimes cancer. Dr. Nadir Arber, MD Or they don’t work well in a very high percentage of cases. So knowing the personal genetics, studying the family history, as well as doing some high-yield tests is probably most important [disease prevention strategy]. Obviously, obviously! We only [advocate] evidence-based medicine, There is a difference between screening and [personal] case findings: Thyroid cancer is a good example – it is not recommended to do screening of the entire population, but the patients come to me because they attended a cancer prevention center screening program, then just in two minutes to palpate thyroid gland, and if it is needed to do an thyroid ultrasound – on office procedure. Mass screening is something completely different, it’s not economic and it is not worth bringing everyone, but you came to screening program for a different reason – thyroid screen is easy to do. This integration does not exist [usually], because every cancer center has its own program for every cancer, but this is a mistake because it’s impossible [to predict where to screen]. Example with the car – you don’t go to one place to check the engine, a different place to check the electric wiring, and to another place to check the tyres. Dr. Nadir Arber, MD You do entire car check at one place, which is usually should be a certified place. This is exactly what I’m aiming for and advocating to do [for cancer screening] here – one stage, one stop shop [cancer screening], in a good tertiary hospital. then this is a way to go and it is something that is possible to open [in other places]. Dr. Anton Titov, MD – Thank you, that’s very important! – It’s very important!