Top Health Screening Awareness Stories

How COVID 19 Has Caused Fear Of Getting Medical Tests


By Dorothy York, President and CEO of North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)

Many people have been afraid to visit their doctors for routinely recommended screening tests, because they don’t want to risk being exposed to COVID 19.  The importance of awareness of the benefits of screening for early detection and prompt treatment has never been greater, and could save lives. 

Harvard Medical School has recommended following the guidelines of the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts, regarding which screening tests should be taken to detect hidden disease, in otherwise healthy people.  Here are a few of the most important ones:

1- Blood Pressure
2- Bone Density
3- Breast Cancer
4- Cervical Cancer
5- Colorectal Cancer
6- Diabetes
7- Lung Cancer

If you have advice for Americans weighing the benefits of getting tested during a pandemic, please tell your story.  Here are a few of the top health screening awareness stories of the decade, for inspiration:

IMF: “Removing The Mystery From A Prostate Cancer Diagnosis”

American Heart Association: “Will High Cholesterol Affect Pregnancy?”

Autism Speaks: “The Importance of Early Screening For Autism”

Henry Schein Medical/ Welch Allyn/ RetinaVue: “See Your Eye Doctor”

U. S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening For The Breast Cancer Gene: Who Is At Risk?”

CDC: “Combating Cancer In Young Women Online”

CVS: “Know Your Risk Of Heart Disease”

ASCO: “Our Journey To Conquer Cancer Needs More Fuel”

Shriners Hospitals For Children: “Screen To Keep Spine Trouble From Getting Worse”

American Lung Association: “Saved By The Scan”

Genentech: “Stroke Incidence In The United States: What You Didn’t Know”

Cologuard Test: “What’s New In Colon Cancer Screening?”

Gilead: “Chronic Hepatitis C Affects 3.5 Million People In The United States,Yet Half Are Unaware They Are Infected”

HHS: “Strong Men Put Their Heart Health First”

AAOMS: “Preventing Oral Cancer”

SAMHSA: “Getting Screened For Viral Hepatitis May Help To Save Your Life”

Selenia Dimensions System: “New Study Shows 3D Mammography Reveals Important Details”

BWHI: “The 7 Things You Should Know About Cervical Cancer”

American Stroke Association: “Stroke Death Rate Declining”

AstraZeneca: “Understanding Ovarian Cancer: Know The Facts”

BREVAGen: “Your Family Is Priority Number One; Taking Care Of Your Health Needs To Be, Too”

College of American Pathologists: “Meet Health Care’s Secret Weapons: Pathologists”

Kaiser Permanente: “Spring Screening: Six Health Screenings That Could Save Your Life”

FUJIFILM: “Early Detection Of Breast Cancer”

BMS: “Advancements In Metastatic Melanoma”

WellPoint: “CT Screenings Could Be A Game Changer For Lung Cancer”

Quest Diagnostics: “Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives But Many People Don’t Get Tested”

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