The life-changing value of diagnostics

 

When your body tries to tell you something, listen. If there’s a change, get it checked.

Small details tell a big story.

Diagnostics are an integral part of decision-making along every step of a person’s health, wellness or disease journey. A diagnostic test can help change the course of someone’s healthcare experience – and their life. A test can bring diagnostic certainty, helping healthcare providers improve patients' outcomes and better monitor a range of diseases. 

 

The wealth of information healthcare providers can gather from a small blood or tissue sample is truly astonishing. Some lead to behavior change, which can keep a person healthy and out of the hospital. And some might reveal an imminent threat and lead to a life-saving decision. 

 

In other words, increasing access to advanced diagnostics saves lives.

That’s typically due to career responsibilities. Overall, 15% of appointments are missed due to individuals believing the issue has gone away or because they believe they are too busy.
30% of prostate screening appointments are skipped.

41% of HIV tests and 38% of hepatitis tests are missed due to fear.
When it comes to HIV and hepatitis tests, people are particularly fearful of a positive diagnosis and, as a result, avoid these tests altogether.

93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.
Despite being preventable with vaccination and screening, cervical cancer claims the lives of more than 4,000 women every year within the U.S., making it one of the leading causes of death in women.

That means 659,000 people die each year of heart disease in the U.S. This amounts to a cost of care of about $363 billion annually.s to a cost of care of about $363 billion each year.
1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.