Annual blood testing is not just important for those with an established health issue; a simple blood screening once a year can prevent disease and aid in early detection and treatment of some major illnesses. Consider asking your physician about the following potentially lifesaving blood tests. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) An over- or under-active thyroid can cause extreme fatigue and contribute to feelings of depression, insomnia, weight changes, and other conditions that can significantly affect quality of life. An annual screening of TSH can detect thyroid problems that could be corrected with surgery or medication.

Cancer There are several substances in the blood that can be tested for abnormal levels that would indicate cancer. This is true for many types of cancer, including breast cancer. If you have a family history of cancer, you may benefit from an annual cancer screening.

Complete Blood Count (CBC) This is an annual blood screening that will give you an overall view of your general health, including information regarding the condition of your organs, your total cholesterol reading, whether you have an infection, and whether you have one of several different types of anemia.

Blood Glucose Test A blood glucose test can be used to diagnose diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes, getting screened annually can keep you informed and help you receive treatment if necessary.

For Men: Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) After men reach the age of 50, an annual blood test including testing of PSA levels is recommended. High levels of PSA could indicate prostate cancer, and detecting cancer early on is the key to recovery.