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Life-saving medical tests for every girl

Many of responsible citizens wonder why we take the most significant of things for granted, and girl’s health issues has been at the centre of focus in this matter. With career renovations and attitudinal upheaval, girls have developed enough to take on many roles but have regressed in terms of health. We spoke to doctors to find out which tests are taken most for approved, despite being life-saving.

Liquid based Cytology (PAP SMEAR) and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

It is an vital test for early-stage detection and prevention of cervical cancer in girls. “Sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection is the most important proven risk factor for cervical cancer. HPV test is also recommended for women who are over 30,” says Dr Mourya.

Depression screening

Depression is twice as common in girls as in boys, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). “The priority of a girl is her family, and now works, while health figures last. If there is a family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer, health checkups should start as early as your teens. For other girls, it’s 20 years,” says Dr RJ Swain, Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sunrise, Sambalpur.

Hepatitis C

The initial stage of testing for Hepatitis C is an antibody test which can be concluded within two-three months of acquiring the virus. The screening is important as it can lead to cancer. Since this is infectious, the infection can be transmitted to another person through exposure of wounds, among other things.

Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

“Anaemia is one of the most common health problems in girls. This test is often looked over but is an excellent blood count test for the major components of our blood — red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets), in addition to two important values (hemoglobin and hematocrit values). The test also rules out latent blood disorders,” says Dr Deepak Ratnakar, COO, Parichi Laboratories Ltd.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), T3 and T4 test

“The different symptoms of thyroid dysfunction include fatigue, fast heartbeat, increased appetite, greater sensitivity to cold, muscle weakness, brittle hair and nails, weight gain or loss among others. Both overactive and underactive thyroid activity can be easily treated and kept under control for good health by regular testing of these hormones,” says Dr Mourya.

Colonoscopy

Dr Sarojini Mishra, Consultant Physician and Wellness Expert, Internal Medicine at Badal Healthcare Hospital, urges all women above at 45 to get this test done. “This is a sneaky cancer that grows over the years. In the begining, there is a benign polyp that goes undiagnosed because of lack of screening, and before you know it, it turns cancerous.”