Why Should I Have Preventive Screenings If I Don't Have Health Problems?

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One of the greatest break through of modern medicine is that we've found what kinds of risk factors that people have that leads to different diseases. For, example things females put all women in risks for breast cancer there is a small risk in men but that's kind of a more basic one.

Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, those are all risk factors for heart disease. By controlling those risk factors having preventive screening tests early on before there are any symptoms we can stop someone from having an advanced cancer. An example I would like to use is with colonoscopy, this are recommended for everyone over the age just 50 unless there is a family history of colon cancer, and the beautiful part about a colonoscopy is even though the prep is a little uncomfortable they give you some medication to go to sleep, and if they find a polyp that may be cancerous and take that polyp out you were just cured of cancer, and it may have being one that could have shortened your life, just with a simple procedure.

That's one of the more dramatic examples. For mammograms, having mammograms on a regular basis we can find early breast cancers. It's important to find breast cancers and other cancers early because the earlier we find them, the more treatable they are. By the time those cancer cells get into the lymph nodes and into the other organs of the body, sometimes it's too late to make a difference, not only in the disease, but also in how it can shorten the lifespan of someone who ends up with that cancer.

So even if you feel great, please talk to your doctor about the recommended screening exams for your gender, family history, risk factors and age and have those preventive screening tests so we can potentially cure you of a disease that would otherwise kill you.