In previous posts, we discussed cancer screening tests and cancer hereditary tests. Cancer screening tests are used if cancer is suspected because of symptoms or family history with the goal to identify cancer early. Hereditary cancer tests are used to identify genetic risk and susceptibility to certain cancers.
Biological Aging is the process of your cells slowly losing their ability to function properly. Many studies show that although aging is unavoidable, we can slow down the rate of aging and delay the development of diseases. The first step is to accurately determine how old we are e.g. our biological age, and how fast we are aging. This post will cover which test for biological age is the right for you and your budget.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 57% of people in the U.S. have never gotten Covid-19 (e.g. was not infected by SARS-Cove-2 virus). However, it is challenging to assess this estimation as many people were exposed to the virus but did not have symptoms. Antibody or serology tests look for antibodies in your blood that fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
Heavy metals and other chemical pollutants occur naturally in the environment, water, and some foods and medications. Exposure to heavy metals or other chemical pollutants can cause several human health effects. Accumulation can lead to toxicity, which is harmful to your health. Simple lab tests can detect Arsenic, Cadmium, Selenium, Mercury, Lithium, Bromide, Iodine, and other toxic materials.
Previous posts discussed bloodwork costs, stool test prices, and the cost of urine testing. What was left? saliva, semen, hair, and various swabs (mouth, nasal, vaginal, urethral). This post will cover all other bodily samples and summarize major Lab tests costs of these samples. So, what a saliva test price is? Or how much vaginal swab cost? Are they cheaper or more expensive than routine bloodwork and urine tests?
In addition to bloodwork and stool testing, other common lab work is based on urine samples. Urine is a popular way to detect hormones, drugs, metabolites, metals, infectious diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and various proteins related to your kidney and liver functions.
Lab tests costs range from a few dollars to several thousand US dollars, according to the tests conducted. Going to community health clinics or ordering online lab work at home are two options for lowering the cost.
Colon Cancer Screening USPSTF: Occult Blood Stool Test, FIT, FOBT, iFOBT, FIT-DNA—which one is the right for me?
According to The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine, Colorectal cancer, or CRC (refers to both rectal cancer and colon cancer) is the third leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, with an estimated 52,980 persons in the US projected to die of colorectal cancer in 2021.
Gut health is a foundation for wellness. Our microbiome is the collection of all the microbes (e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, archaea, and parasites) in our body. Our microbiome can be in any of our organs open to the environment, like, skin, gut, lungs, urinary tract reproductive (penis/vagina).