Prevention is as an important model in a variety of disciplines, including medical care, dental care and mental health issues.

Early cancer detection is a good example of the value of the preventative approach in reducing the mortality rates of cancer patients. Now 50% of women older than 40 receive regular mammograms (National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2006). Early screening helped to increase the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, between 1984–1988 and 2009–2013, 5-year relative survival from breast cancer improved from 72% to 90%. At the end of 2012, there were 15,092 people living who had been diagnosed with breast cancer that year, 65,976 people who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the previous 5 years (from 2008 to 2012) and 193,730 people who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the previous 31 years, from 1982 to 2012 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). This is largely due to the acceptance and application of early detection techniques, such as regular mammograms and educating women to perform regular self-exams.

Early detection, prevention, and education are also important in relational issues. The sooner couples can identify issues and learn ways to resolve them, the better their lives and the lives of children they bring into the relationship will be. Unfortunately, most distressed married couples do not seek counselling until one or both are considering divorce. In fact, treating couples who wait too long to come for marital therapy is much like treating terminal cancer. The relationship has been so destroyed that it is very difficult to rebuild the marriage.

One common myth people believe is things will stay the same and, therefore, they do not see all of life as a process. Even at the cellular level, our bodies replace 1% of our cells each and every day, so theoretically, we are made new each 100 days. At the level of personal experience within relationships, people often assume they need to do nothing and the relationship will continue to grow and improve. The problem with this mindset is it is not based on reality. For many couples it becomes summed up in statements such as, “I didn’t realize he/she felt that way”, or “I feel as though we do not know each other anymore”. It is epitomized in the couple who “drifts apart”, or, after years of marriage and sometimes childrearing, feel as though they have lost the intimate bond they once had and are now just sharing living quarters.

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