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Experts explain what residents should know about cancer screening

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCancer is a disease that can be treated if diagnosed in an early stage. The lack of knowledge is often the factor that prevents successful diagnosing at an early stage to commence early treatment, BNN was told by representatives of Healthcare Ministry, National Health Service and Disease Prevention and Control Center.

In Latvia, the state pays for breast, cervical and intestinal cancer screening.

«Although generally people believe cancer is untreatable, this is not true. Cancer is a disease whose treatment results depend on how early or how late the disease was diagnosed. This is why regular health checks are important,» BNN was told by healthcare experts.

Healthcare Ministry and National Health Service have been maintaining a state-funded cancer screening programme since 2009. Examinations performed as part of the programme help residents keep track of their health and prevent cancer at an early stage.

Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer is the most common form of oncological disease often diagnosed for women in Latvia – every year 1,000 women are diagnosed with it. ‘Breast cancer develops from breast tissue. If allowed to progress, cancer can spread to the rest of the body. This is the most common and most research oncological disease with the most varied forms of treatment – if discovered early, it can be beaten,’ say representatives of Disease Prevention and Control Center.

Breast cancer screening is performed using mammography method – it is a form of low-intensity x-ray screening to detect any changes in tissue. Unlike ultrasonography, mammography allows doctors to check both breasts by section, from the tip to armpit. The process is painless, but it can still cause unpleasant sensation for more sensitive women because the process does involve putting some pressure on the breasts to give a better x-ray image, doctors explain.

Women aged 50 to 69 are sent an invitation letter once every two years to come undergo breast cancer screening.

Cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer is a malignant tumour that forms within cervical mucus tissue. The main cause for this cancer is infection with human papilloma virus.

Statistical data shows – every third cervical cancer case out of 241 in 2016 was uncovered in a late phase. According to specialists, the only way to spot the formation of cervical cancer in an early stage is to undergo regular health check-ups. During a gynaecological inspection a cytologic smear is taken from a woman’s cervix. The sample is then taken to a laboratory for tests. The process is painless and takes a couple of seconds. It does, however, help uncovered cancer in an early stage.

Intestinal cancer screening

Intestinal health is a topic people often are too shy to discuss even with closest friends and family members, but this form of cancer is the most common one for men and women. The illness progresses with no visible symptoms, which is the reason why more than half of intestinal cancer cases in Latvia are discovered late. Intestinal cancer is a form of malignant tumour that initially forms in the colon or rectum. Most cases deal with patients older than 50, specialists say.

Intestinal cancer screening is also paid by the state in Latvia – men and women aged 50 to 74 undergo screening every year.


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