Friday 23 February 2018

Worried as you are, check your health

Sir - There have been a number of articles recently on medical testing. The positive is the development of a memory test to help indicate Alzheimer's years earlier, whereas the negative is the reluctance of men to have prostate cancer testing. The question many ask is: do we want to know?

One of the concerns is that people may have to report their medical conditions to employers or medical insurers. In many countries, female job applicants cannot be asked if they are pregnant or intend to start a family soon, but if they have 'genetic tests' to look for possible disease indicators they often have to report these results.

For me, my family history of prostate cancer in my father and grandfather prompted testing in my 40s, earlier than most would start, and by my 50s it showed up. My discomfort with the manual test and a dislike of needles had to be put aside. After radiation treatment, all is well.

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