Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 11:51 am

There may not be a complete cure for cancer, but there are treatments that have saved millions of lives around the world…

While the treatments have been effective at different stages, doctors all over the world preach that “early detection” can make treatment more effective and possibly save your life.

A chance to detect the possibility of cancer developing before it’s even there is a chance to get one step ahead. It’s a chance to identify,  monitor and treat it as early as possible.

I like to keep up with the state of my health, I go for my annual screenings, participate in health days, and although I am not the healthiest person in the world, I like to know where I stand.

This test is possibly the most frightening health test I have ever gone through – even though there were no needles or blood involved! But it also brought the most relief.

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The Optiphi Helix test is done at home with no needles and no blood. You rub a swab (which looks a lot like a long cotton bud) on the inside of your cheek, and send it back where your DNA is analysed and any congenital cancer risks can be identified.

Why DNA markers are important

Cancer is caused by mutations in the DNA within the cells. So it is only natural that the answers to whether or not you are at risk should be found in your DNA.

Because DNA is passed through generations, your family history can give you a similar look into your risk of developing cancer, however, a look at your actual DNA could be more accurate.

There are other factors

Even though I have had family members who have developed cancer, there is more to it than just your DNA.

Your habits and lifestyle can contribute to an increased chance of developing cancer. Smoking, drinking, a sedentary lifestyle and other factors can increase your risk of developing cancer. This risk will not be evident in your DNA.

What I’m going to do about my results

Although my DNA results do not indicate any risk of cancer, I am aware of certain lifestyle habits I have that increase my risk.

Even after a DNA screening, it is important to keep up with regular health checks and screenings. Screenings could lead to early detection and efficient and effective treatment.

 

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic

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