Prevention and cure, both are different words and their meanings are also different. However, prevention is considered as better than cure because it saves us from harm of curing through medicines.
It is better to prevent disease rather than to try to find cures for diseases after they occur. The reasoning here is similar to why you change the oil in your car rather than wait to fix a blown engine. This is also why we try to vaccinate or inoculate against as many diseases as possible. It is at the level of prevention that most bioengineering efforts ought to be directed, because prevention is better than cure.
Preventive healthcare is especially important given the significant rise in prevalence of chronic diseases and complications from these diseases.
When it comes to our health, prevention is much better than cure. Several diseases and injuries are preventable, and can be managed much better if identified earlier on. It is common for people only to go to the doctor when they are feeling unwell. A regular check-up with your doctor helps them to assess your overall health and to identify your risk factors for disease. By knowing what’s normal for you early on, you’ll be able to detect any serious challenges later.
There are many methods to prevention of disease. It is recommended that people have regular check-ups in order to screen for diseases.
Some common disease screenings include checking for high blood pressure, high blood sugar (a risk factor for diabetes), high blood cholesterol, screening for cancer, depression and other common types of transmitted diseases and screening for osteoporosis. Genetic testing can also be performed to screen for mutations that cause genetic disorders or predisposition to certain diseases.
Preventive healthcare consists of measures taken for disease prevention. Just as health encompasses a variety of physical and mental states, so do disease and disability, which are affected by environmental factors, genetic predisposition, disease agents, and lifestyle choices. Health, disease, and disability are dynamic processes which begin before individuals realize they are affected. Disease prevention relies on anticipatory actions that can be categorized as primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.