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What are the screening options for Werner syndrome?
Suggested screenings for people diagnosed with Werner syndrome include:
Yearly screening for type 2 diabetes
Yearly lipid profile (blood test)
Yearly eye examination to look for signs of cataracts
Yearly physical and dermatological (skin) examinations to screen for cancers associated with Werner syndrome
People with Werner syndrome should also avoid smoking, be physically active, and maintain a healthy weight to help decrease the risk of heart disease. Any chest pains (also known as angina) should be carefully evaluated by a doctor. Due to the risk of skin cancer, people with Werner syndrome should also limit sun exposure and use skin protection when outside.
Screening recommendations may change over time as new technologies are developed and more is learned about Werner syndrome. It is important to talk with your doctor about appropriate screening tests.