This week my Tuesday’s Tip is to list some regular health checks and screening that you really should know about – especially once you reach midlife.
I recently had to have some tests and it reminded me of a post I wrote last year, listing 12 health checks that every woman over 40 should have.
I have a family history of breast, lung and bowel cancer plus heart disease so I am very aware of extra screening I need to keep check on these areas. That means, regular mammograms, colonoscopy and stress tests.
As this is my month of Health & Wellness I thought it was appropriate to list the 12 health checks again and hopefully this post will prompt you to make your health a priority.
Tuesday’s Tip: Try to organise all health checks and medical screening around the same month so it is easier to remember.
Regular Health Checks for Women
1. General Checkup
A visit to your GP at least annually should include a general check up include having your blood pressure checked, Blood tests to check your cholestorol levels, sugar levels (for Type 2 Diabetes), hormone levels.
Self checks are a must to notice any changes early, however a mammogram every two years after we turn 40 or annually if you have a family history or previous diagnosis, should be at the top of your list.
3. Skin Cancers
The Cancer Council of Australia suggests that 1 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70. Regular skin checks for changes in moles, freckles and spots may help to identify any changes that might appear to be skin cancer and the outcome can be better if caught early.
4. Pap Smear
We should be having a Pap Smear every two years to check for Cervical cancer. For some the test is not pleasant but the alternative is worse. Read more about this screening here
5. Bone Density
As we age Osteporosis or low bone density is a risk especially after the age of 50. Weight training can help but how often do you hear of older people falling and breaking their hip? A Bone Density scan can detect any signs of Osteoporisis. Read more about what is involved with a Bone Density Scan here
6. Diabetes Screening
Diabetes Australia suggests that “Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).”
7. Bowel Cancer Screening
I have regular screening for bowel cancer as my father suffered from this disease. Some tests can be done at home. A more comprehensive screening with a colonoscopy every one or two years from the age of 50 will show any changes or the presence of polyps or other signs of bowel cancer. Read more about bowel cancer screening here.
Not seeing the small print as clearly? A yearly eye examination will not only check your vision but also for signs of cataracts and glaucoma. Read more on looking after the health of your eyes here
At least an annual check up or twice a year visit to the Dentist will keep your beautiful smile and also check for cavities, gum disease or general degeneration of teeth.
What did you say? Yes unfortunately, as we get older our hearing can be affected and I don’t mean the ‘SELECTIVE HEARING’ that we are sometime accused of having! Fortunately, most of us aren’t affected but for those over 65 an annual check up is advised.
11. Exercise Stress Test
If you have developed shortness of breath or chest pain an Exercise Stress test can show how well your heart performs under stress while exercising. If you don’t have chest pain but experience shortness of breath, your Doctor may recommend a Stress Test especially if there is a history of heart disease in the family. Read more about Exercise Sress Tests here.
12. Mental Health
Before you say there is nothing wrong with my mental health read what I have to say. We are all busy and sometimes our mental health needs a little TLC. That means finding some BALANCE in your life and taking time out to relax your mind, body and soul.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or even feel that you may be depressed, don’t feel self-conscious but rather feel confident to make an appointment with your GP to see if you are just feeling down or if you need some more specialised assistance.
So print off the FREE HEALTH CHECKLIST and start making those appointments today! Your life may depend on it!You owe it to yourself to have regular health checks and screening. Make that appointment today.Click To Tweet