Cancer prevention is commonly understood as a set of measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of cancer development, known as primary prevention. However, this concept is much broader.

It also encompasses early cancer diagnosis before the onset of symptoms, when the chances of cure are highest (secondary prevention). Lastly, it includes tertiary prevention, which aims to reduce the risk of disease recurrence in cancer survivors.

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1How to Prevent Cancer

According to the World Health Organization, one in three cancers can be prevented through simple lifestyle modifications.

The cornerstone of primary cancer prevention is to avoid tobacco exposure. One year of smoking cessation reduces the risk of lung cancer by a third.

A healthy diet plays an important role in the development and prevention of several types of cancer, as it affects the entire body throughout your life. Overweight or inappropriate dietary patterns have been proven to increase the risk of digestive tract cancers such as colorectal, esophageal, liver, and pancreatic carcinoma. They are also associated with a higher risk of breast, prostate, and uterine cancers.
Excessive alcohol consumption is another important factor that increases cancer risk. In developed countries, alcohol is responsible for 3–12% of cancer deaths.
Vaccines help prevent some types of cancer that are induced by viruses. There are vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV) that can prevent most cases of cervical cancer. Up to 80% of people will encounter HPV infection in their lifetime. The hepatitis B vaccine can reduce the risk of liver cancer.
Physical activity
Sedentary behavior is considered a risk factor for many types of cancer. By engaging in regular exercise, you can lower your risk of colorectal, breast, lung, and uterine cancers.
Sleep is another key factor in the primary prevention of cancer. At night, your body starts to produce a hormone called melatonin, which is also an antioxidant, i.e., a substance that can neutralize free radicals and thus protect your body against damage linked with cancer.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), carcinogenic pollution of the air, water, and soil is responsible for 1-4% of all cancers.

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By following these recommendations, you can significantly lower your risk of developing cancer. Half of all cancer deaths in Europe could be prevented by appropriate modification of lifestyle factors.

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2How to Detect Cancer Early?
We offer a comprehensive prevention program suitable for everyone.

In oncology, it is understood that the earlier cancer is detected, the better the outcomes, as early stages are more likely to be curable. Additionally, treatment is often less demanding.

Preventive Cancer Screening at MMCI includes a broad spectrum of examinations aimed at diagnosing the most common types of cancer.

  • The crucial part of the consultation involves an examination by an experienced oncologist. Firstly, you will discuss your personal and family history with the doctor.
  • You will also undergo a physical examination, which includes skin inspection, lymph node examination, as well as measurements of blood pressure, pulse, and weight. Additionally, an ECG recording, blood sampling, urinalysis, and fecal occult blood test will be conducted.
  • During the consultation, you will be asked about your lifestyle habits, and you will receive personalized counseling regarding possible risk factors, if identified.
  • Chest X-ray and complete abdominal ultrasound will be provided to evaluate the liver, kidneys, pancreas, bile ducts, and bladder. Additionally, men will undergo ultrasound of the testicles, and women will have a breast ultrasound.

Based on your results, the doctor will complete a comprehensive medical report within two or three weeks, which will be sent to you by registered mail, by email, or you can collect it in person.

To date, the MMCI prevention program, called the Cancer Prevention Program for Everyone, has essentially saved more than 200 lives. Otherwise healthy clients, who were completely free from any symptoms, were diagnosed with cancer early enough to enable less invasive and more effective treatment measures.

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Early detection of cancer increases the chances of successful treatment by up to 100%.  Regular check-ups and cancer screening can save your life.

3Prevention After Cancer Treatment

Prevention is also very important for patients who have successfully recovered from cancer. Almost every cancer survivor has concerns that the cancer may return after being cured once. Regular examinations and check-ups may help minimize the risks. At the same time, patients should not forget to follow diet and activity guidelines to prevent recurrence or the development of new cancer.

We provide specialized follow-up and counseling on preventing cancer recurrence or the development of a second tumor, i.e., a tumor in another part of the body.

The first step in preventing cancer recurrence is regular follow-up, i.e., active medical monitoring of the patient in remission. The aim is to detect early signs of cancer and initiate adequate treatment as soon as possible. Your attending physician will establish a personalized schedule for you, including all necessary examinations and appointments.

In addition to regular follow-up care, preventing cancer recurrence also relies on your own responsibility and adherence to healthy living recommendations. Alongside lifestyle counseling, our dedicated personnel can assist you in coping with the psychological aspects of a cancer diagnosis, such as the fear of recurrence, and support your adaptation strategies to life's challenges.

To help reduce your cancer risk after successful treatment, follow the principles of primary cancer prevention, attend preventive check-ups, and participate in screening programs, just like other healthy individuals. This may increase the chances of early cancer detection and successful treatment.

In patients with complete or partial remission, the whole body must be checked during preventive care.

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