The Top 5 Tests You Probably Don't Need
Oct 7, 2013 - 1:18:24 PM
Screening means checking seeming healthy individuals for hidden disease. Sometimes it finds a problem. More often it leads to the discovery of harmless variations of normal body parts, which then leads to expensive, anxiety-producing, and often painful testing and unnecessary procedures-none of which would have been needed without the initial test.
So which tests should be avoided? Harvard experts say that for individuals who don't have any symptoms or family history of a particular ailment, it can be a good idea to skip the test that screens for it. Five tests that can often be skipped include
It's important to talk with a doctor, though, before making the decision to forego a screening test.
Read the full-length article: "The top 5 tests you probably don't need"
Also in the October 2013 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:
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