Get THESE Checked At Your Health Screening
Most of us are well aware of screening for conditions like diabetes and cholesterol and getting pap smears done to screen for cervical cancer and stool blood test for colon cancer etc etc but what about the other conditions that are not so commonly discussed?
Let’s talk about them here..
1. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is caused by an enlarged blood vessel in the stomach that ruptures suddenly. AAAs frequently have no symptoms, and they are fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.
The good news is that an Ultrasound can detect an AAA before it ruptures.
Ultrasound abdomen is a recommended screening test for men aged between 65 and 75 who have smoked 100 or more cigarettes in their lifetime.
Catch it before it blows!!
2. Lung Cancer
Please don’t let anyone tell you that a chest x-ray is the way to screen for lung cancer. That is baseless!
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends yearly screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
You might get immediately worried and go “wow a CT scan every year – that’s a lot a radiation”
This is a low dose CT scan not a regular CT scan. It deliver 1/8th of the radiation there is in a regular CT scan of the chest. The radiation exposure in a low dose lung CT scan is only slightly more than that from a simple abdominal x-ray.
So weighing out the risk and benefits, it would make perfect sense for a person at high risk of lung cancer to have these annual considering it might save you from the fatality of a lung cancer.
3. HPV Screening
HPV – Human Papilloma Virus is the Virus that transforms. Healthy cells on the cervix into precancerous and later into cancerous cells. HPV solely is responsible for causing over 90% of cervical cancers in women.
And that is exactly why HPV screening recommendation is now more than ever stronger.
HPV screening once every 5 year has been recommended by many experts. HPV testing is more sensitive that a pap smear test at detecting pre-cancers.
Testing for HPV together with your pap smears (pap smear are recommended once every 3 years) are commonly done in many women’s health medical practices.
So at your next pap smear ask your doctor about HPV testing if you have never done one because the difference here is HPV looks for the virus but pap smear looks for the changes in the cervix caused by the virus. So you could have a better to rule out cervical pre-cancers with the added HPV testing.