30 days before marrying her beloved boyfriend she decided not to. It was not that she had changed her mind but a recent event made her feel she could not, Renu Singh a 24 years old Manager from Gurgaon with ‘Cervical Cancer’ was admitted to a leading hospital in Gurgaon following a regular medical examination. An otherwise healthy looking, energetic individual who would not easily fall in the category of a patient had a stage 1 cancer. In fact this is true about a lot of serious diseases that they are not very clearly manifested or may present in ways that people might take for something as simple as a gas issue, fatigue from office, aging and may be even just over- imagination. Had her employer not put her through regular medical check-ups chances are that she would not know for a few more months, every passing day would make her worse without her knowing about it.Renu went through a few sittings of radiation and Chemo. Radiation was not her preferred option considering her reproductive age, but the doctors did a good job at counseling and made the whole thing look easy. But one person who did even a better job at managing her condition was the man she was planning to marry. He insisted in marrying and finally did on schedule. In my following years of practice I saw many people young, old, healthy and otherwise come to the hospital for regular test but stayed back longer that they thought. Although cancer is the first thing on people’s mind that they expect to find by chance but actually there are many conditions that may be foundlike borderline hypertension, borderline Non-Insulin dependent Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid conditions, Anemia, High amount of Cholesterol and fat, thalassemia minor, stones and many more. Early detection of any detection is a good idea and specially for cancer. Over two years ago I lost a loved one to lung cancer, we had gone to the hospital because the electrolyte levels were out of range and as a ‘let’s rule that out as well’ case the doctor recommended Ultrasound of abdomen. The test showed nodes around the lung area. In fact many cancers are found on routine investigations or investigations done for other conditions Lung, Blood, Breast, Cervical and prostrate take the lead in this. Early detection is the gold standard of diagnosis for every systemic disease including infectious. It takes 5-6 hours once a year upto the age of 50 and twice after that to be sure that you may catch it before it is too late. Your doc may ask you to do a few tests more frequently depending on your condition. Although there are now techniques like genetic profiling which tell you what condition may affect you, there is a debate if that deteriorates the quality of life of an otherwise healthy individual. Till genetic testing becomes more accurate at predicting diseases it is highly recommended that we catch it early.