Early diagnosis could save your life. Here are five routine medical tests that every woman must take.
Thirty-year-old business executive Anjali Sharma noticed a lump on her left breast almost three months ago. “Because of my workload, I ignored the initial alarm bells. When the lump stared growing bigger, I went to the doctor,” she explains.Her doctor asked for a quick mammogram followed by a biopsy that revealed she had breast cancer. Thanks to early diagnosis, the lump was removed and her life was saved.
Dr. Suchitra Pandit, a gynaecologist, says a pap smear is done to detect and cure pre-cancerous conditions in the cervix. “Any woman over 21 years who has had multiple partners should get a regular pap smear test done,” she says. The test is done by a histopathologist who collects cells from the cervical region. “The results are usually available in two days,” says Dr Vivek Borkar, a general physician.
Nearly 50 per cent of women in India are anaemic. “Anaemia is a result of iron deficiency. Many women in India have a low hemoglobin count because of malnutrition,” says Dr Pandit.Iron deficiency can be detected through a routine blood test. “If it is not treated, anaemia can cause complications during pregnancy,” she adds.
“Women are at a greater risk of developing thyroid abnormalities because of their hormonal imbalances,” says Dr Borkar. Women with unexplained weight gain or weight loss should get add a thyroid test to their routine blood test. “A T3, T4 and TSH test will show if the woman has hypo or hyperthyroidism,” he explains.
“An HIV test is a life-saving test, especially for women planning a pregnancy. It can protect the child and future sexual partners from getting the deadly disease,” explains Dr Pandit. Women who have multiple partners or unprotected sex should get this test done regularly. An HIV test can be done at any HIV diagnostic clinics.Consult a doctor before and after getting these tests done.
A doctor can guide you and follow up with proper treatment.May the energies of good health be with you!Original Source 5 Life-Saving Medical Tests!