The Importance Of Regular Medical Check-upsDecember 3rd, 2013 by David
Undergoing frequent health examinations is important in the name of identifying problems before they spiral out of control. Prevention is of course far more powerful than cure, and having regular checkups may identify areas of weakness to address before a condition develops. Similarly if you catch a disease in its infancy, such as cancer, there is a better chance of successful treatment and even cure, than if it is identified at a far later stage.
By choosing appropriate health services, tests and screening you are taking a significant step forward in the name of a longer, healthier life.
The need for regular health checks increases as you get older, but there are other factors which could make you a candidate for regular medical checks regardless of your age: If you suffer from a long term illness or condition – or have done in the past -, if your family history is riddled with a particular disease or if you lead a particularly unhealthy lifestyle (i.e. if your diet is very limited or if you smoke heavily). These factors, amongst others, would deem regular health checks an important consideration for you.
Your health care provider will be able to recommend and provide suitable tests for your personal specifications. Breast and cervical screening are important tests that every woman should regularly undergo. All adult males should undergo regular prostate screening, especially as they age past the 60 mark. Blood pressure and oral health are also applicable to everyone.
It is important to have regular checks when you are on long-term medications, in order to assess whether it is dose-appropriate and of the correct frequency for your current needs. Type 1 diabetics would regularly require assessments in order to address the level of insulin that they are injecting, alongside other important
tests. Females on a birth control mechanism such as the contraceptive pill require checkups at least every 6 months.
There are a number of campaigns which run in the media to remind people of regular tests that they should undergo, such as female celebrities fronting campaigns to remind women of the importance of regular cervical screenings. Letters are regularly sent out by GP’s to remind patients to book tests and screenings appropriate to them.