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The Life-Saving Realities Of Early Diagnosis

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Last Updated on March 7, 2021 by Lori Geurin

Understanding health is not always easy. We want to feel well and have the best outlook on life, but achieving this can sometimes be challenging. Humans are unique, with complex needs and expectations. This post will show you the benefits of early diagnosis in treating disease.

That’s why it can be comforting to know that there are areas of health that are uniting. In some fields, health does not have to be a guessing game. Instead, it is a constant that applies to all people. These are areas that are true for everyone, concrete facts that are indisputable. One such fact is the importance of early diagnosis.

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The Life-Saving Realities Of Early Diagnosis

Why Is Early Diagnosis So Important?

The earlier an illness is detected, the better the chance of successful treatment. It really is that simple.

Think of a kitchen sink. It gets piled up with dirty dishes, layer after layer of food crumbs, and various oily residue. (Kinda gross, right?)

One day without being cleaned is fine. You can wipe the buildup off with a paper towel. But, if a week passes, every day adding to the mess, then it’s much harder to return the sink to a clean state. It will take cleaning products and scouring pads.

Illness is much the same. You want to stop it in its tracks before it has a chance to pile up, causing endless stress or worse.

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Which Illnesses Have Outcomes That Rely On Early Diagnosis?

There are several illnesses that benefit from early diagnosis. Below are a few prime examples.

One example, when it comes to the need for early diagnosis is cancer. The statistics back up this necessity across all forms of the disease. For breast cancer, the survival rate is almost 100% if cancer is first diagnosed at stage one.

Even for cancers like mesothelioma, which is known to be particularly virulent, early diagnosis is vital. Mesothelioma prognosis statistics reflect this. The sooner cancer is found, the better the chance of treating it successfully.

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Early Diagnosis Of Lyme Disease

And, from my personal experience, contracting Lyme, tularemia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (other tick-borne diseases), early diagnosis and treatment is crucial. Unfortunately, this did not happen in my case and in that of so many other people too.

Because it took doctors and specialists nearly 2 years to determine the cause of my debilitating symptoms I became so sick I was bedridden for months and had to resign from my teaching job.

When I was finally tested, I tested positive on multiple tests and was diagnosed with Lyme. Ever since this time I’ve been working to heal my body from the devastating impact that going untreated for so long has had.

This experience has made me aware of the importance of early diagnosis.

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Does That Mean I Should Run To My Doctor At Any Sign Of Concern?

Of course, the above could lead you to constant doctor visits. After all, if early diagnosis is so vital, you might think that you should run to the doctor at the smallest sign of ill health.

While a sore throat and stuffy nose are signs of the common cold, you might take the early diagnosis threat to heart. So you end up visiting the doctor anyway.

But don’t panic, because that’s not a good idea. In fact, it could result in a mental health condition called health anxiety. We have to balance our common sense with our knowledge of how important an early diagnosis is.

You don’t need to run to the doctor the moment there is a small issue, but it’s a good idea to set a time limit of around a week or 2 (depending on the symptoms). If your symptoms have not improved within that time frame, then it’s wise to seek medical advice.

This walks the fine line between visiting your doctor too much and not visiting your doctor enough.

Summary – Early Diagnosis

Understanding early diagnosis is an important way to protect your future health and well-being. Several diseases, such as Lyme, cancer, and MS greatly benefit from early diagnosis.

Keeping a sense of perspective and setting a time limit for your symptoms to resolve will help you keep your bases covered.

What’s your experience with early diagnosis?

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