BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Sanjay Juneja practices hematology and oncology at the Hematology/ Oncology Clinic at Baton Rouge General, but in his free time, he’s on social media breaking down complicated topics.
“One of the things that I’ve become really passionate about since practicing is how important education is to really get a proactive role with your health,” Juneja says.
He is known for his TikTok account, which he said was easier to get started on because it is not like other social platforms where most people following you are close friends and family. “Nobody knows you’re on it until a few videos go viral,” he says.
When his videos started to get more attention, he felt a calling to do more with his platform. “I might as well try to potentiate some of the things that I’ve learned over 15 years and kind of cut the corners so that people can learn about things without having to go through the whole schooling system,” he says.
Juneja’s videos educate viewers on different processes. “Our primary responsibility should be to teach and to educate, and the generation now wants that, they get excited about it. They want to know about it or they feel more comfortable when they know about it. So that’s what I’m trying to achieve with something as enigmatic and scary as the cancer world, plus blood disorders, it could make a big change in your quality of life as well,” he says.
Having a better understanding of a condition before going to an appointment means the time with your doctor can be about you, rather than learning about the condition. “We can spend more of that time in a qualitative personal capacity rather than teaching,” Juneja says.
He says that educating yourself can also reduce the fear involved, “instead of having a really scary two years instead, enjoy mom, and mom is doing all the things that she wants to do.”
Juneja says, “I would love for you not to have to see me for stage four cancer.” So it is important to get screenings done. “The way that we can try to get a hold on that is to do the screenings because you can catch it either before it becomes a cancer or when it’s so early that it can be removed and cured and not go anywhere else, and insurance pays for them,” he says, “we’re all busy, but those things can literally change the trajectory of your life and the people that love you.”
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