Date: June 1, 2004
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Nonfiction / Medical
Medical Tests that Can Save Your Life
Your Doctor Won't Order Unless You Know to Ask
By David Johnson,
Ph.D. and David Sandmire, M.D.
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