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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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What do you think of these blood test results for quad screen mother date of birth 12/24/82 m.O.M. Values AFP 1.34 ue3 096 hcg 3.16 in-a2.37

What do you think of these blood test results for quad screen mother date of birth 12/24/82 m.O.M. Values   AFP  1.34
ue3  096
hcg  3.16
in-a2.37

Interpretation: The quad screen results should have an interpretation based on the absolute numbers taking into account a number of factors including maternal age, ethnicity, weight at time of collection. There should be a calculated risk on the report. ...Read more

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What diseases does a sperm bank test screen for?

What diseases does a sperm bank test screen for?

Here are some...: Sperm banking is to preserve viable sperms for future use in case the patient becomes unable to produce enough quality and quantity of sperms to fertilize the eggs he wishes to have. These conditions commonly occurs in the men of fertile age who anticipates to have chemotherapy for any testicular cancer or any other cancerous diseases. More? Ask medical, surgical or radiation oncologists. ...Read more

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IPS test screen negative (17 wks preg). Should I risk amnio due to age and previous trisomy 18?

IPS test screen negative (17 wks preg). Should I risk amnio due to age and previous trisomy 18?

IPS screen: Making a decision about whether to have further testing can be difficult. Speak to your doctor about further testing. For additional in formation you can ask for a referral for genetic counseling. ...Read more

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ENA test screened for SS-A, SS-B, RNP, Sm, Scl-70 & Jo-1. Negative result. I'm ok?

ENA test screened for SS-A, SS-B, RNP, Sm, Scl-70 & Jo-1. Negative result. I'm ok?

May be: Why were these tests done? You must have had some symptoms for your doctor to order these tests. Negative results on blood tests are not an assurance that there is no disease. Please follow your doctor's advice for follow-up care. ...Read more

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What should I make sure I test and screen for as I get past the age of 50?

What should I make sure I test and screen for as I get past the age of 50?

Annual physical: You should see your doctor for an annual physical exam. He or she will have a schedule for appropriate screening tests at different ages but the physical exam is also important. Women should have mammograms, gyn exams with pap screening at intervals, and colonoscopy. Men need prostate cancer screening and colonoscopy. Your blood should be checked periodically (cholesterol, sugar, etc). ...Read more

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Any good easy blood test to screen for ovarian cancer yet?

No: Some may offer a ca-125 blood test as a screening for ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, while ca-125 is found in 80-90% of ovarian cancer patients, it is not very specific (meaning it is elevated in a number of conditions) and is not found in early cancers. It is better used as a method of following cancer treatment and progression, once it is diagnosed. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had a blood test to screen for food allergies?

Has anyone ever had a blood test to screen for food allergies?

Not reliable: The gut has its own immune system to suppress immune reactions to foods; you can have a positive ige blood test to foods to which you don't react (false positive). Commonly available igg tests have no correlation with allergic reactions to foods. The best way to diagnose food allergies is to have an allergist take a comprehensive history of food-associated reactions, and do skin tests to confirm. ...Read more

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