As we grow older, we become increasingly aware of our health and well-being. Our bodies don’t spring back quite like they might have in our teens and twenties and we begin to experience random aches or pains that come and go without explanation. What’s important is that you recognize the difference between common effects of aging and issues that need to be seen by medical professionals to maximize our health and well-being.
Of course, if you ever experience ongoing symptoms that you’re unsure of, it’s best to check in with your doctor to ensure that you’re well. But there are also health checks that you will need to carry out or book in yourself. Here are a few you should be aware of to maximize your overall health and wellbeing.
There are routine checks that we should all fit into our schedules. Some include:
Dentist – Visit once every six month. This will ensure you are up to scratch with your dental care.
Optician – Visit once every two years to check the health of your eyes and your vision. You may need prescription lenses.
A common check that anyone who has a cervix should have carried out is cervical screening. This is a health check that can go by a number of names, with some common ones including a “smear test” or a “pap smear.” The aim of cervical screening is to take a look at cellular material in your cervix (the entrance or “barrier” between your womb and your vagina) and test it for irregularities. If any irregularities are found, you will be asked for further testing to determine if the cells are cancerous cells.
When you reach the age of 25, you should book in for cervical screening with your doctor. Once you’ve had your first, you will be asked to re-attend once every three years. When you reach the ages of 45 and 60, you will be asked to re-attend once every five years.
Sadly, many women will experience breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s important to check your breasts regularly and to monitor their health yourself. You can find out how to carry out a breast check here. If you notice any changes in your breasts, such as lumps, bumps, new moles, a change in shape or a change in the color of your nipples, you need to book in for a breast check with your doctor. If there are any issues, you will then be able to receive treatment sooner, maximizing your chances of a return to wellbeing. An early check will usually take the form of a “mammogram”, which is a special type of X Ray.
These are just a few different checks you may need to schedule in for the sake of your health and wellbeing. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!
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