Annual check ups after 40 years of age are recommended to assist in the early detection and prevention of common medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and vascular disease, diabetes and cancers.
Under 40 years of age, less frequent assessments are recommended but may be indicated in certain situations. Family History is especially relevant; a strong family history of cancer, heart disease or type 2 diabetes would increase the need for earlier assessment.
The Doctors at Wells Road Medical Clinic can conduct a thorough history and examination. This may include breast checks and pap smears for women and rectal prostate examination for men. The skin is also checked in addition to internal organ systems.
A fasting blood test for cholesterol and blood glucose is often included . In some cases faeces is tested for hidden (occult) bleeding as a screen for bowel cancer.
Sometimes X-rays and other tests such as a stress heart test, stress Echo or CCTA are suggested.
Importantly all assessments will be followed with a management plan tailored to your individual needs. This will include review appointments if necessary.
Adequate time needs to be arranged for such an assessment, so please inform the receptionist of this when booking.
June 19, 2018