This morning I read a comment on a discussion board that made me stop in my tracks. I didn't know whether to laugh at the foolishness of the statement or get angry at what I perceived to be not only a stupid but possibly dangerous remark. According to the individual who posted the comment, there is no evidence that preventative care screenings are of any use therefore they are unnecessary. Apparently in this person's mind, preventative screening is merely a way for doctors to pad their pockets with the hard-earned cash of their patients.
I suppose that's why many, if not all health insurance plans in the US do not even charge a deductible for routine screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies as well as for the lab work required prior to an annual physical exam which is also often free. Contrary to what some people seem to think, insurance companies do not want you to get seriously. They want you to stay healthy... so you can keep on paying premiums!
After thinking about it for a little bit, I did decide to respond to that remark. You see, I am evidence that preventative care screening can save lives. In 2007 apreventative screening test, a routine mammogram revealed that I had a malignant tumor. Although due to the type of tumor I had, chemotherapy and radiation was recommended in addition to surgery, the good news was my tumor was discovered before it reached my lymph nodes. Eight and a half years later, I am still cancer-free.
Does preventative care screening save everyone? Unfortunately it does not however I believe that even if it saves one life, it is worth it.
Preventative care screen goes beyond just our physical health however. It is important that we submit ourselves to regular examinations by the Holy Spirit. Often these exam sessions can be rather uncomfortable for us as various "conditions" in our lives come to light. When that happens, we must make a decision as to whether or not we will submit ourselves to God's Treatment Plan and follow it. Often, like a treatment for cancer, His treatment plan can be uncomfortable and even painful but if we want to regain our spiritual health, we must endure it and remember that it is for our own good and God will be with us every step of the way.