How to proactively manage your health with self-collection AND Doctor-guided Screenings.

Taking charge of our health is more important than ever, especially after COVID.

Self-collection screenings offer convenient options for active participation in our healthcare journey. However, it’s crucial to emphasise the vital role of doctor-guided screenings.

Here are some screenings that require a visit to your doctor:

Doctor-Guided Screenings

Here are some screenings that require a visit to your doctor:

Breast Examination

Regular breast checks are vital for proactive breast health management and to check for any lumps, changes, or other indications of breast cancer. In conjunction with self-examination breast checks, women are encouraged to discuss any breast cancer concerns with their doctor.

Breast checks performed by healthcare professionals play a crucial role in early breast cancer detection. These examinations help identify changes or abnormalities in breast tissue, offer guidance on self-examination techniques, and guide further diagnostic tests like mammograms or ultrasounds, if needed.

Regular mammograms are recommended for women aged 50 to 74, although they may start earlier for those at higher risk.

Cervical Screening

A Pap Smear test is performed to detect any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix, which could indicate the presence of cervical cancer or pre-cancerous conditions. It involves collecting cells from the cervix for laboratory analysis. The National cervical screening website has more information for further reading.

These days, self-collection screenings can provide us with convenient options to participate actively in our health care. The cervical screening self-collection test allows women to collect their own samples in-clinic following discussions with either a doctor or nurse. It is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis. This approach provides convenience and privacy, promoting higher participation rates and early detection. The National cervical screening website has more information on self-collection.

Bone Density Test

This test, known as Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA), measures bone density to assess the risk of osteoporosis and fractures in women, especially those over the age of 50. You will  need a referral from your GP for a Bone Density test.

Skin Checks

Trained healthcare professionals conduct thorough skin checks to detect skin cancers such as melanoma. Skin examinations enable the identification of suspicious moles, lesions, or other abnormalities. Early detection allows for timely treatment, improving outcomes and reducing complications. Regular skin checks, in conjunction with self-examinations and sun protection, contribute to overall skin health.

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test

This blood test is used to screen for prostate cancer, particularly in men over the age of 50 or those with a family history of prostate cancer. It measures the levels of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate gland.

Cardiovascular Health Screening

This may include blood pressure measurement, cholesterol level checks, and assessment of other cardiovascular risk factors to evaluate the overall heart health and identify any potential issues.

Pathology Tests

Regular pathology tests, tailored to age and lifestyle factors, provide essential insights into overall health.

These tests encompass blood tests, cholesterol checks, diabetes screenings, and other relevant assessments.

Pathology tests help identify potential health risks, monitor chronic conditions, and facilitate timely interventions.

The specific tests recommended by your doctor will vary based on individual risk factors, age, and personal medical history.

Comprehensive Health Care

 Remember, by combining self-tests and doctor-guided screenings, you can proactively manage your health, promoting holistic well-being throughout life.

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