Women’s Health Week – Day 7
Each day this week we will be covering a different aspect of Women’s Health. Women’s Health Week is a great reminder to take time out to check on your own health and continue to make positive lifelong changes. Today we look at health checks.
Day 7 – Health Checks
Making choices about your health is not always easy, especially with the amount of information now available on the internet. How do you know if the information is accurate? By knowing what regular health checks you should be doing, and what the key health measures are, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about your health.
What are some of the health checks I should be having done?
The complete range of health checks required throughout life will differ from person to person. What is required will differ depending on your individual risks, medical background and family history. It’s best to speak to your doctor about what tests are required to maintain your health.
Heart and Cardiovascular Health
- Blood pressure – check that it’s not too high. Every 2 years, then every year after you turn 50.
- Cholesterol – check that it’s not too high. Every 5 years, unless at higher risk.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) – determine the best weight for your health. Every 2 years, then every year after you turn 50.
Ovaries & Uterus Health
- Ovarian cancer screening – as advised by your doctor.
- Cervical screening test – every 5 years after a normal results, from the age of 25 to 74.
- Breast self-check – every month.
- Mammogram – every 2 years, from the age of 50 (or 40 with family history), until the age of 70.
- Glucose check – testing for diabetes. Every year if at high risk, otherwise every 3 years.
Bladder & Bowel Health
- Bowel cancer screening – every 2 years after 50
- Urine test – every year after 50
- Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI’s) – as required
- Chlamydia test – as required
- Screening for skin cancer – every year.
- Bone health review – screening for osteoporosis. As your doctor advises, over the age of 50.
Mental & Emotional Health
- Testing for anxiety, depression – as needed
- Dementia screening – as needed, then every year over 75.
- Looking for factors that may affect the health of mother or baby – when you are thinking about conceiving
- Annual flu vaccine
- Review if travelling overseas or prior to pregnancy
It is important to remember that the health checks required for one person may be completely different to another. It is best to speak to your doctor if you feel a health check is required. By being proactive with your health checks, you may have a condition diagnosed before it becomes too serious.