Thursday, March 17, 2016

The most cutting-edge check-up in the world for the four most dreaded cancers requires only a simple blood test, and it's available only in very specialised places in Japan

I have so much to be grateful for in my never-ending #Travelife.

First, it truly is a wonderful life -- no kidding -- and there is not one morning that I wake up forgetting about my luck. I'm sure hard work played some part in this wonderful life, but I know I am incredibly lucky to be living the kind of life I want to live.

At the beautiful Selman Marrakech,
living a #Travelife in a private riad


Today, too, I remembered my luck in other ways.

For one thing, the results of a blood test I took last month to check on the four most dreaded cancers in the world -- gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer and cancer of the bile duct -- came in today.

Scroll down to read more about the most cutting-edge cancer check in the world... 


Yes, this is a simple blood test to check the four deadliest cancers at its earliest stages -- way before machines can detect cancer lumps and polyps.

My results were all negative, necessitating a celebratory lunch at somewhere so fancy I never ever eat here on the spur-of-the-monent.

And this cutting-edge cancer blood test, developed only recently by a leading Japanese university hospital, checks for the earliest stages and even assesses your risk profile for getting these cancers.


Gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer and cancer of the bile duct are most dreaded cancers because these are often the hardest to discover.

Gastric cancer can only be checked by swallowing a camera down your throat and colon cancer via a camera the other way, while pancreatic cancer and cancer of the bile duct are checked via MRI or ultrasound.

Because the pancreas and the bile duct are lodged so deep in the body, readings are often unreliable and these diseases are usually discovered only when the tumors are large enough to see via MRI and by then it's already too late.




You could have a whole-body PET Scan, but this is quite expensive anywhere and everywhere in the world. Plus there's the radiation exposure to consider.

The cutting-edge cancer test I took in Tokyo last month, the first of its kind in the world, requires a simple blood test, although the results are in about six weeks.

The test is not not cheap -- you could fly to Europe for the same amount of money -- but it gives you that priceless piece of mind to get on with your life and it sure beats swallowing a camera or getting unreliable results. Or getting unnecessary exposure to radiation.

In fact, I got my blood test in a lovely VIP room with leather chairs similar to the First Class seats of a top Middle Eastern airline, while watching a movie. Not bad at all.

And you can imagine how happy I was to get these negative results today, as well as a clean bill of health with top marks. No problems whatsoever, according to my doctor, who sneaked in the most comprehensive blood test in the world as well, while I was getting this cancer check.

So it's all systems go once more for a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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