WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) today joined with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health to recognize the week of May 10-16 as National Women’s Health Week and draw attention to diagnostic tests from the common to the cutting edge and how they are playing a role in saving the lives of thousands of American women.
“For decades, diagnostic tests have been front and center in the war against heart disease and various types of cancers predominantly affecting women,” said Alan Mertz, President of ACLA. “As innovation has progressed and opened up the window to an individual’s DNA, molecular diagnostics has allowed women and their physicians to make even more informed decisions about the next steps in prevention and treatment.”
The following tests are a few of the diagnostic screening tools impacting health choices for women:
“Diagnostic testing and physician consultation can offer a roadmap for women and all health care consumers who recognize prevention and information as important weapons in the battle against life threatening disease,” said Mertz. “America, in many cases, through diagnostic innovation, has been able to reduce the numbers of cancer victims and other potential casualties of life-threatening diseases that have cost too many precious lives over the years. As we commemorate National Women’s Health Week, it is important for all of us to remember that knowledge is power. Ask questions, be informed, and consult your doctor to see if a diagnostic test is right for you.”
For additional information on National Women’s Health Week, please visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NWHW.