Five Medical Tests That Could Save Your Life

Five Medical Tests That Could Save Your Life

There’s a fine line between being a hypochondriac and taking the proper precautions to not get sick.

Here are five medical tests that may be worthwhile taking. Talk to your doctor and see what he/she says!

1. Early CDT-lung test for lung cancer
This tests measures autoantibodies that the immune system produces in response to lung cancer proteins. The autoantibodies show up early quickly once cancer begins to form in your body, so if you can find them early you have a better chance of detecting lung cancer before the symptoms start to appear.

2. Corus CAD
This test evaluates your risk for narrow or blocked coronary arteries. Basically, it gives doctors a good look at what’s happening in your arteries so they can determine if you’re at risk for heart disease.

3. Virtual Colonoscopy
This test uses computed tomography to scan your colon to check for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the US, even thought it’s curable in 90% of all cases. The advantage to this test is that it’s much more comfortable than colonoscopies.

4. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein test
This measures C-reactive protein, which is produced by your liver in response to inflammation. The C-reactive protein is an indicator of cardiovascular disease.

5. Genetic analysis
This tests you for about 100 traits and basically gives you a genetic blueprint that tells you you’re risk of developing a various conditions and diseases.

Our only precaution with this tests is to not get obsessive over them — don├óΓé¼Γäót be that person who is crippled by their fear of getting sick!

[Image via AP Images.]

Jun 17, 2011 2:00pm PDT

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