Many diseases fall under the category of “silent killers”, diseases that disguise their warning signs and go undetected, often until it’s too late. As you grow older it’s important to have regular medical checkups with your doctor so that vague, niggly symptoms can be diagnosed early and possibly save your life. Here are some examples; diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, skin cancer, coronary artery disease and osteoporosis. Women should have mammograms after the age of fifty and regular Pap smears. These are unpleasant and not on my favourite list of things to do, but as Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and I have too much living to do to worry about five minutes of discomfort.
I’m sure you have at times used “google doctor” to assess your symptoms, but this is never a good idea because you are guaranteed to scare yourself, matching your symptoms to those of a killer disease. Be smart, and if something is bothering you, go to your doctor and have it checked out; in all probability it may be something minor but then again it just might save your life!
“Be on guard. The silent killers goal is to kill.”