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Publisher: Rodale Press
Release Date: June 1, 2004
ISBN: 1-57954-732-X
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre:   Nonfiction / Medical
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Jo Rogers
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Medical Tests that Can Save Your Life
21 Tests Your Doctor Won't Order Unless You Know to Ask  
By David Johnson, Ph.D. and David Sandmire, M.D.

      This is a book that literally can save your life. Many of the conditions discussed here are rare diseases or conditions many people do not know exist. Still, many of us are at risk for several of these conditions. Included are some serious conditions that can be silent killers.

     Several types of cancer are discussed, giving you risk factors for each one. Those you can change are listed first, such as cigarette smoking. Those like age, race, and genetic predisposition are listed next. You can also create a medical history for yourself as well as find out how great a risk these diseases are for you personally.

     Also discussed or diseases like HIV, Type II diabetes, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Coronary Heart Disease and Hemochromatosis. Sometimes, as with abdominal aortic aneurysm, there are no symptoms. The first time someone knows they have this condition is usually when the aneurysm bursts and the patient bleeds to death. But there are risk factors you can determine. If you show a high risk for this condition, you need to see your doctor about getting this test done. Many times if the patient does not have symptoms, the doctor will not know there is a risk and will not order the test unless you discuss it with him first.

     Another problem may be getting your insurance company to pay for that test, especially if you do not have symptoms. However, the tests listed in this book are frequently inexpensive and can be done by a mobile screening company. Costs range from $35 for a simple ultrasound to $3000 for genetic testing.

    If you are concerned about dying from the disease you did not know you had, read this book. It might save your life.