Why Health Screening is Important for Everyone

Health Screening - It's Important for Everyone

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 16 Apr 2014 - 14:53

Complete Information: 
Health screening helps identify any health condition or disease even if you do not have any symptoms or signs of it. Early detection of diseases helps avoid complications and enables effective treatment. Consult your doctor to find out which screening test is appropriate for you. 

Here are a few simple tips!

What is health screening?
Health screening may involve the use of tests, physical examinations or other procedures to detect any prevailing disease. It differs from regular diagnostic tests which are done when someone is already showing signs and/or symptoms of a disease(s).

It is a general welfare measure for all or a targeted population who may have been exposed to a health hazard. Eg. A chest x-ray of a smoker may show that he is suffering from lung disease.

Why should I go for health screening?
There are multiple benefits of health screening.

  • The adage 'Prevention is better than cure’ best is apt. Early detection of an abnormality or conditions like obesity, allergies, vision problems, cancer etc. helps in taking timely corrective measures to prevent the disease.
  • The cost of health screening is very minimal compared to the cost of treatment.
  • The treatment complications are also minimized leading to better outcomes.

What kind of screening tests should I go for?
The following guidelines help in choosing a screening test.

  • The Screening test should be highly sensitive i.e. it should detect the disease even when it is mild.
  • It should be specific to the disease suspected and not show positivity to other related diseases.
  • The test should be affordable
  • It should be widely available.

What should I do after health screening is done?

  • Even if your screening test results are normal, you should still continue to go for regular screening at the recommended frequency as you may develop the disease later.
  • In case your screening results are abnormal, you should follow-up with your doctor immediately. Further tests may be advised if necessary, to confirm diagnosis.

Why should I go for health screening at the recommended frequency? 
Many health conditions and diseases cannot be detected with a single screening test. A regular screening helps detecting conditions that may develop late.

What should I do if I test positive and I cannot afford the treatment prescribed? Is there any solution? 
There are many solutions if you cannot afford the treatment suggested by the doctor. For diseases like Tuberculosis, Malaria, Cataract etc., free treatment is available at designated centers. There are some foundations and NGO`s who can be approached for diseases like Cancer. Alternative medicine like Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Unani, Yoga and Naturopathy also offer effective and cheaper treatments for many diseases.

Where can I go for health screening? 
Today many diagnostic centers and hospitals offer screening tests as part of a package at a discounted rate. It would be wise to avail such offers.

 

 

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.