Screening Tests for Adults (age 50 and above)

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Not everyone in this age group may need screening for every condition listed here. Click on the links above to read more about each condition and to determine if screening may be appropriate for you or your family member. You should discuss screening options with your health care practitioner.

Thyroid Dysfunction

 In the UK up to 10% of women over 55 have a raised TSH, and symptomatic hypothyroidism is present in 20/1000 women and 1/1000 men in this age group.
The NHS UK National Screening Committee policy position (March 2003) is that screening by measurement of blood TSH levels cannot be justified at present, except in the context of peer-reviewed and ethically approved research. A research project funded by PPP Healthcare Trust started in 2001.