You Need a Health Screening
The Importance of Health Screening
Without your health, you have nothing. That is why it is so important to take care of yourself. Regular health screenings or preventive exams are important components of health and wellness. They are the foundation of health improvement, and are performed to determine the possible presence of a disease or other health problems. Health screenings can be conducted routinely as preventive measures or can be administered when suspicion of a specific health issue arises.
A basic health screening program should include the following:
Review of Medical History
This is a review of your previous medical illness, family medical history, present medical symptoms and medications.
Your regular or family doctor should be aware of your medical history and will be in the best position to determine the relevant tests that are required.
This includes a blood pressure reading and an examination of your main body systems.
These are usually blood and urine tests that reveal diseases and internal issues that are not easily detected by a physical examination. They also help in making an accurate assessment of a disease and monitoring the effect of treatments.
These may include a chest X-ray, E.C.G., ultrasound or a PAP Smear (for ladies).
Early detection of risk factors for certain health problems can lead to lower disease rates.
Here is a list of some general screening tests for adults:
Obesity- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Hyperlipidaemia (High Blood Cholesterol)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Cervical Cancer- Pap Smear
- Breast cancer- Mammogram
If your screening results are normal, you should continue to go for regular screening at the recommended frequency. Screening only detects health conditions that are present at the time of that screening. If you develop signs or symptoms after your screening, please see your doctor and do not wait for your next screening appointment.
If your screening results are abnormal, you should follow-up with your doctor immediately even if you feel perfectly well. Early treatment and good control of disease can result in better outcomes and prevent or delay serious complications.
Health screening are available at many private medical clinics and polyclinics. Visit your family doctor to get more information about the screening tests you need.
Until next time, Stay Healthy!