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How can timely health screening offer me peace of mind?

Susan S. Blum, MD
Preventive Medicine

It can help you know where you stand at any given time. But it does not replace the need to continue living a healthy life, because even after a good screening, health can change pretty quickly if you aren’t taking care of yourself. In other words, a good screening exam is not a license to go out and behave badly.

Screening tests can provide valuable information at an earlier stage of disease, often before a health problem becomes serious. This advanced warning gives you time to work with your doctor to put preventive strategies in place that could, potentially, save your life. If a screening test is normal, then you have the peace of mind of knowing where you stand right now. Keep in mind you may need to repeat screening tests as many diseases are progressive and can develop over time.

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