In trying to achieve set goals for ourselves – financial, career, relationship, we sometimes forget the most important aspect our lives – our health – without which we wouldn’t be able to achieve these goals. This is not to send one rushing around for unnecessary tests or searching for the slightest sign of illness but a reminder than regular testing is indeed important.
What Medical Tests Do You Need?
Although, we are all unique people with medical decisions that need to be made individually, having the right guideline and direction is very important. For the purpose of screening tests, here are the top 4 we think are most important!
Cervical cancer screening
Cervical cancer screening is used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer. The cervix is the opening to the uterus and is located at the top of the vagina. There are two types of the screening; the cervical cytology (also called the Pap test or Pap smear) and the human papillomavirus (HPV).
With the Pap test, the lab checks the sample for cancer cells or abnormal cells that could become cancer later. With the HPV test, the lab checks for HPV infection. HPV is a virus that spreads through sexual contact. It can sometimes lead to cancer. If your screening tests are abnormal, your doctor may do more tests, such as a biopsy
Cervical Cancer occurs when cervical cells become abnormal and, over time, grow out of control. The cancer cells invade deeper into the cervical tissue. In advanced cases, cancer cells can spread to other organs of the body.
Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, a newly inverted nipple, or a red or scaly patch of skin.
Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.
Blood pressure test
For most people, a blood pressure test is a routine part of their medical appointments. Depending on preference, your medical practitioner might order separate appointments for repeat blood pressure checks to look for ongoing health conditions, including elevated blood pressure, high blood pressure (hypertension), low blood pressure (hypotension), heart disease or other conditions.
Blood glucose testing
Glucose is a type of sugar and is the body’s main source of energy. A blood glucose test is carried out to measure the glucose levels in your blood. A hormone called insulin helps move glucose from your bloodstream into your cells. Too much or too little glucose in the blood can be a sign of a serious medical condition. High blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) may be a sign of diabetes, a disorder that can cause heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and other complications. Low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia) can also lead to major health problems, including brain damage, if not treated.
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