It is recommended that Women have regular health check ups with their GP yearly. Part of the check up will involve discussing your medical history, your family’s history of disease and your lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise habits, and if you smoke or drink alcohol.
Regular medical check-ups with your doctor will help you stay healthy and pick up any early warning signs of disease or illness. Many diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes and some cancers can be picked up in their early stages, when treatment is often more effective. If you are at high risk of a particular disease – for example, if you have a family history of it – it is recommended that you get checked more frequently, and at an earlier age.
Book an appointment with a GP at Westridge Medical for a Women’s Health Check Up.
Self-checking should be part of your regular routine. Things you can check at home include:
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Your GP can run the following Health checks:
Health checks for heart disease may include:
To test for diabetes the most common test is the fasting blood sugar level test. This involves measuring the amount of glucose in your blood after you haven’t eaten for eight hours. You’ll need to be tested every one to three years depending on y our risk level.
You are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes if you:
If you notice any breast changes, be sure to visit your GP within the next week.
Women aged between 50 and 74 years who have no personal or family history of breast cancer are recommended to have a screening mammogram (breast X-ray) every two years.
If you have a personal or family history of breast cancer, your doctor can help you to decide how often you need to be screened.
Eyesight tends to deteriorate with age. It’s recommended that all women have an eye health check for glaucoma by the age of 40. (Glaucoma is a serious eye condition characterised by high fluid pressure within the eyeball.)
Women at increased risk of glaucoma include those:
Women at higher risk of glaucoma include those aged 50 and over with:
It is also recommended that:
Bowel cancer is a common cancer and, if detected early has a good recovery rate. A faecal occult blood testis used to screen for bowel cancer. It tests for blood in your stool (poo), which may be a sign of bowel cancer (or of other, unrelated things). If a positive result is returned, a follow-up test such as a colonoscopy will be recommended.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening recommends that women between 50 and 74 years of age have an FOBT once every two years.
By 2020, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program will send a free kit to people (in the mail) every two years from when they turn 50.
To have a kit sent to you at other times, you can:
Women with a family history of bowel cancer, or who are otherwise at high risk, may need a colonoscopy every two to five years.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become brittle. This happens when they lose minerals (such as calcium) more quickly than the body can replace them. Bones become less dense, lose strength and break more easily. A bone density test (DEXA) helps to determine the health of your bones.
Bone density testing is most often used when people have:
It is recommended that young women have the vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV) before becoming sexually active, to prevent cervical cancer.
Check that your childhood immunisations are up to date and whether you need any boosters, such as tetanus.
It is recommended that you have a flu vaccination if you: