Health checks are important to prevent illnesses and diseases – however, knowing when to get a check-up can be difficult. It is recommended that you have an annual check-up with your GP.
What is involved with a check-up?
Each check-up might be different, but usually you will talk to your doctor about your family history and any diseases your family members might’ve had. You’ll also talk about your lifestyle including exercise, diet, drinking habits and if you smoke.
It’s beneficial to seek check-ups, as it’s a great way to stay healthy and pick up on any warning signs of illnesses, infections or diseases. It could mean detecting conditions early, such as heart disease and being able to treat these effectively. Men and women have both different types of conditions, so their check-ups will be different.
Here is a timeline of recommended check-ups our team have put together:
Every 6 months:
- Skin cancer – melanoma (self-checks every 3 months): Everyone is at risk but particularly seek medical advice if you have moles which are unusual or change shape.
Every 12 months:
- Dental health: People of all ages.
- Hearing loss: People aged 65 years and over.
- Kidney disease: People who are obese, smoke, have a history of kidney problems or have high blood pressure.
- Blood test: For people over the age of 45.
Every 2 years:
- Bowel cancer: People between the ages of 50 to 74 years.
- Blood pressure: People aged 18 years or older.
- Cardiovascular disease (depends on severity): People aged 45 years or older.
- Obesity: People aged 18 years and over.
- Breast Cancer: Women at any age, particularly 50 to 74 years.
Every 3 years:
- Type 2 Diabetes (depends on risk): People aged 40 years and over.
Every 5 years:
- High cholesterol: People aged 45 years or older.
- Cervical cancer: Women between the ages of 25 and 74 years.
No set schedule:
- Glaucoma – People over the age of 40.
- Osteoporosis – Men over the age of 50 or women with a family history.
- Sexually transmitted infections – All sexually active people under the age of 30 years.
- Testicular cancer – All men, particularly those with a family history.
- Prostate cancer – Routine check, usually for people between the ages of 50 and 69.
Some of these conditions depend on age or whether there is a family history of the condition which is being checked. So, consult your doctor as to when you should start having these check-ups.
Keeping track of your health is up to you. So, it’s vital you schedule check-ups and more importantly, attend them.