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The most silent killers and how to avoid them

The Active Times Logo By Holly Van Hare of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 19: Certain medical conditions can be extra frightening — they’re deadly, they’re common, and they are often overlooked until it’s too late to intervene. Such missed diagnoses are characteristic of diseases often referred to as “silent killers.” They’re called this because they creep up and worsen without showing visible signs, striking and killing before the affected person even knows that they’re sick.These diseases are characterized as such for a few reasons. Some of them are asymptomatic, meaning that they don’t show signs of illness at all unless a doctor specifically screens for them. Others exhibit symptoms that are misunderstood or attributed to other causes such as aging. When the person affected doesn’t think they are experiencing symptoms of the disease, they are unlikely to seek medical treatment.But don’t worry. There are ways to avoid these deadly conditions. And for some, there are methods of treatment available should you be affected. These are some of the deadliest silent killer diseases in the United States — and how to avoid each one.

The Most Silent Killers and How to Avoid Them

Certain medical conditions can be extra frightening — they’re deadly, they’re common, and they are often overlooked until it’s too late to intervene. Such missed diagnoses are characteristic of diseases often referred to as “silent killers.” These diseases are characterized as such for a few reasons. Some of them are asymptomatic, meaning that they don’t show signs of illness at all unless a doctor specifically screens for them. Others exhibit symptoms that are misunderstood or attributed to other causes such as aging. When the person affected doesn’t think they are experiencing symptoms of the disease, they are unlikely to seek medical treatment.

But don’t worry. There are ways to avoid these deadly conditions. And for some, there are methods of treatment available should you be affected. Click through the slideshow above for some of the deadliest silent killer diseases in the United States — and how to avoid each one.

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