Important ! These Health Checks Could Save Your Life

by - January 30, 2019





Breast cancer screening (image)


Many of us put off going to see our doctors and other medical professionals. Why? There might be a number of reasons.

a) If there are no obvious health issues, we might assume there is nothing wrong with us.
b) We might have a fear of the doctor or dentist. Read these tips if this is relevant to you.
c) We don't want to book an appointment if our health issues appear insignificant.

But here's the thing. Some health checks could save our life, and if we continually resist seeking a professional opinion, then we may be putting ourselves at risk.

Therefore, consider the following, and book yourself the relevant appointments today.

Health Check #1: Your annual health exam

Your doctor should notify you of your annual health exam, but you can still request one if they don't get in touch. At your appointment, your doctor will consider all aspects of your health, but will usually concentrate on the early signs of any breast and gynaecological problems, including looking for breast and ovarian cancer symptoms. The earlier these signs are detected, the greater your chances of survival should cancer be spotted. Of course, you don't need to wait until your annual health exam to see your doctor. You can book separate appointments for bowel, breast and cervical screenings, as even if you haven't seen or felt any obvious symptoms of cancer, it is still better to be safe than sorry.

Health Check #2: A blood-pressure test

You can buy blood pressure equipment yourself, so it is possible to test yourself at home. However, if you know or have been told by your doctor that you are prone to high blood pressure, or have noticed these signs, you need to visit your doctor regularly for advice. High blood pressure can weaken the walls of your arteries, and this can put you at risk of a stroke, kidney disease, and heart disease. Your doctor will give you advice on your lifestyle choices, including exercise, diet, and ways to reduce stress, and may also prescribe medication to keep your blood pressure at an even keel. A regular checkup will monitor your health and alleviate the risk of any serious health conditions developing.

Health Check #3: A dental checkup

You don't need to wait until you have a chronic toothache to make that appointment with your dentist. A regular checkup is a must; usually around every 6 months or so. As well as checking on your teeth and gums for any problems, your dentist can also detect signs of disease in other parts of your body, including diabetes and leukemia. So, don't wait until you feel any signs of pain. If you haven't seen your dentist in a while, book yourself an appointment, as despite the expense, your life could depend on it.

Health Check #4: An eye-test

It doesn't matter if you have 20/20 vision or not. As with your dentist, your optometrist can spot signs of disease that could affect the overall health of your body. Within a routine eye exam, they can diagnose such health issues as diabetes, cancer, and any one of the diseases listed here. You would be incredibly short-sighted to neglect this one appointment, so don't delay. If you haven't seen an optometrist recently (or ever), get in touch today.


So, what are you waiting for? Sure, you could put off making those appointments until tomorrow, but if it's been a while since you have seen somebody, isn't it better to sort something out now? Even if there is nothing wrong with you, it is still better to put your mind at rest. And if there is something wrong, the sooner the problem is discovered, the better.






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