According to World Health Organization, cancer is the most important cause of death in Europe, after cardiovascular diseases, causing 20% of annual deaths.
Being accountable for 1,7 million deaths each year, doctors say the main problem is the very late diagnosis of the disease, which is a cause of the lack of education concerning prevention and early detection of cancer.
In Romania, the most common cancer types are breast cancer and lung cancer for women, and prostate and colorectal cancer for men, says GFK Romania, and almost 70% of the patients are diagnosed during their late stage.
Prevention is the best treatment for all of the cancers mentioned above, yes, but what can we do when preventing the disease is not a possibility anymore? In this case, getting the right diagnose during an early stage is crucial, along with understanding the disease.
Such a diagnosis is hard to take on and might make you feel overwhelmed, making it impossible for you to understand the large amount of information that comes from your doctor. However, there are some questions that we call “right questions”, that you can ask your doctor.
Understanding the type of cancer you have and it’s stage it’s essential for accepting a treatment plan later on. The more you know about your disease, the better decisions you can make regarding your further medical care. Here is what you should ask:
- What type of cancer do I have? What is its stage?
- Did the cancer spread or can spread to other areas?
- Are there any more procedures that we should go through before choosing the treatment plan?
- Should I find a specialist for my type of cancer, in order to receive the right treatment?
- Do you have any recommendations for finding a specialist?
- What are my chances of survival?
- If the cancer is advanced already, how long can I live with it?
In order to support your oncological needs during the process of diagnosis of cancer, including medical checkups for second opinion, MediHelp International, together with Lamp Insurance and The New Europe Surgical Academy (NESA) have brought to Romania a new way of oncological funding – the Nesacard.
How does the Nesacard work?
It’s very simple. For a donation of 33 eur/year to NESA, meant to support their oncological research, you receive a card that, in the case of cancer suspicions, will provide you with 2000 eur in cash that can cover cancer diagnostic services.
In case of skin cancer, you can use it for medical checkups, medical navigation or second opinion from specialized doctors anywhere in this world, in a clinic of your choice, in order to receive the right diagnose and the proper treatment plan.
You can find out more about the Nesacard, the benefits it has and how you can claim yours here: https://www.medihelp-assistance.com/medihope/nesacard/.