Screenings

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Screening tests can find diseases early, when theyre easier to treat. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about health screenings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Screening tests are used to identify a condition in people who may have a disease before the symptoms are obvious. Screening tests may include blood tests, imaging or testing of a persons ability to complete a task.

Some examples of screening tests are mammograms for breast cancer, blood pressure measurements for hypertension, blood glucose measurement for diabetes and colonoscopy for colorectal cancer.

Screening tests are valuable, necessary and indicated for the following reasons:

A condition is serious.

A delay of treatment may be harmful.

A treatment is available if the condition is detected early.

Early treatment may improve outcome or decrease transmission of the disease to others, or

The disease is common.

Ask your health care provider which tests are best for someone in your circumstances at your age.

Understand the information that the test will provide and the next steps if the test result is positive.

Understand what risks you may have, either because of family history or lifestyle activities.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.