Health screenings are important even if you feel healthy. The Gap Medical Centre recommends that women visit their doctor regularly especially if they age 18 years and above. Women during these age are at high risk of several diseases and these screenings could help in the prevention, early detection and immediate treatment of these diseases. Here are these screenings.
A general physical examination is crucial to assess your overall wellness. A physical examination (PE) includes an assessment from head to toe. An important evaluation during the physical examination is the body mass index (BMI) or your weight relative your height. The BMI is important in assessing signs of malnourishment or obesity. Specialist doctors the GAP has will also recommend further tests if they detect anomalies during the physical examination such as defects in the eyes, abnormalities of the internal organs, mass, abnormal blood pressure and abnormal BMI. For example, if your blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg and above or high blood pressure, you will be referred to other tests such tests for cholesterol and sugar levels.
Blood screening involves analyzing cholesterol levels, thyroid hormone levels, electrolyte levels, mineral and vitamin levels, complete blood count and sugar levels. Blood screening helps detect the presence of diseases such as diabetes, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. It will also help detect electrolyte imbalances that could result to body weakness and even death. The doctors at the GAP Medical Centre also explain that women are prone to mineral deficiencies such as iron which could lead to anemia and calcium which could lead to osteoperosis. Women are also at high risk of thyroid hormone abnormalities which could cause life-threatening diseases such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid storm.
Breast Examination and Mammogram
Breast cancer is known to be the second cause of death among women. Walton Bridge Medical Centre, a member of the growing network of SmartClinics, explains that every woman should learn how to perform breast self-examination. It is one of the best ways for the early detection of breast cancer. At 40 years old, women should also take a mammogram. The test will confirm presence or absence of mass or tumor in the breasts.
Pelvic Examination and PAP Smear
Another important test that women should take is the pelvic examination and pap smear. The family practice the Gap has places importance in the reproductive health of women. Both these examinations are recommended at the age of 21 and every three years thereafter for the detection of cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.
Mental Health Screening
Mental health is a very important aspect in the holistic wellness of every individual and every woman. Mothers should talk to their health care provider for an evaluation on mental health including depression. Women are especially at risk of post-partum depression which usually goes undetected and undermined.
Aside from these five health screenings, the doctors also recommend updated immunizations to protect women from high-risk diseases such as cervical cancer. Other health screenings are available at the Gap Medical Centre and other medical centres of SmartClinics. For more details, try visiting http://www.smartclinics.com.au/.