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Improve Your Life Having a Health Check up

Updated on February 8, 2016


Do you remember when was the last time you went for a health check up? Do you know that having a yearly check up can spot many killer diseases in time to be treated and cured? Do you know that you do not even need to go to the doctor to have a check up? In the comfort of your own home you can check yourself for some serious diseases in only a couple of minutes.



Some of the tests that can save your life and you can even do by yourself at home are:


Breast Check up

Breast awareness and screening is the key to early detection of breast cancer. All you need to do is to look for any breast changes. Symptoms to look for are changes in the size, shape or feel of your breasts; a new lump or thickening in one breast or armpit and any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin. See your doctor if you have any concerns.

This is an incredible life saver. I know a few people, some of them close friends, who have had breast cancer spotted and treated just on time. Thankfully, their cancer has gone.

The national health service in the UK screens of woman aged 50 to 70 every three years. The test consists of a mammogram. In France women are offered the test by the national health service from the age of 35.

Testicular Cancer check.

Early treatment for testicular cancer is very successful so that is why men should check their testicles for any changes. The highest at risk age group is between 18-32 years old. A simple regular self-examination is now known to help detect the early signs and reduce the amount of treatment needed. Not sure what you are looking for? You can download a Testicular Cancer awareness fact sheet from:

Diabetes test.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you should be tested if you are Overweight and over age 45

Otherwise, some of the early signs of diabetes are:

• Increased thirst • Going to the loo (for a wee) all the time – especially at night • Extreme tiredness • Weight loss • Blurred vision • Genital itching or regular episodes of thrush • Slow healing of wounds

Here : You can take a two minute free test to find out whether you are at risk of being diabetic. You will need to measure your waist and enter your height and weight. As a bonus it will also calculate your BMI (body mass index).

An advantage of testing yourself at home is that with self-testing you avoid the risk of having a "diabetes" diagnosis written into your medical records which might make it impossible for you to buy health or life insurance.

Cancer Facts : How to Check Your Skin for Skin Cancer

Mole check

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  According to the Skin cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

Did you know that skin cancer is 100% treatable if detected early?  The survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumour has penetrated the epidermis, is about 99 percent.  This is why it is so important to check on the change in the appearance of moles as that can be an early indicator that there is something wrong.  Other common symptoms are skin that does not heal, ulcers in the skin and skin discoloration.  If in any doubt, consult your doctor; diagnosis is only confirmed with a skin biopsy.

Gynecological Exam- PAP Smear & Check-up Video

Smear Test or Cervical Cancer screening.

This is one of the few tests that you cannot do by yourself but you will need to visit a specialist. In the UK all women between 20 and 50 years of age are eligible for NHS cervical screening test every three years. After the age of 65, women are eligible every 5 years. Remember that early detection and treatment can prevent 75 per cent of cancers developing.

I have myself been treated with laser surgery after a regular pelvic exam and Pap testing detected cancerous changes in my cervix. It has been more than 10 years now that my smear tests come out clear. Cervical cancer cells can quickly spread. They can travel through lymph vessels to nearby lymph nodes and through the blood vessels to the lungs, liver, or bones. Thus the importance of early detection.

In this video Dr. Ricky Gondhia Discusses Smear Tests.


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    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      Prevention is the key. The more informed we are about all the above conditions, the more prepared we can be to face them.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment guys. Sorry to hear about the uk health system Paulo. Here in France I believe that the health system puts a lot of emphasis on prevention. My children (5 and 8) have a free health check up every year which includes a free dentist check up, hearing tests and many other preventive tests.

      I have also taken advantage of the breast screening tests (although I am only in my early 30s and I know that many countries don't do this until women are in their 40s) and yearly smear tests.

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      9 years ago

      I think , here in uk the health system is not preventive ( as in many western countries). Is really sad to confirm that the called developed countries for different reasons care so little about the health of their citizens ( trying to cut in expenses in every possible way…even a simple blood test to check levels of cholesterol and sugar is avoided),that’s because that means spending money… Is general knowledge that the prevention is the best way to avoid serious illness!... and also bigger costs!!

      Went to a g.p. and he told me that once the person got symptoms they will do some kind of test !( I have forty and for years haven’t done a check-up). And is the tax payer who paying for this service...

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      9 years ago

      this reminds me that I am overdue for my smear test... Thanks for the reminder.

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      What I love about your piece here is that you don't just do a regular health check. You are really touching on the issues that get ignored and can change a person's life. Thank you.

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      anjalichugh: It does, having a smear test has already saved me twice!

      Triplet Mom: In France children are offered a general check up at school every year. The check up includes an eyesight test, hearing test, motor skills and psychological tests.

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      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Wow Princessa, what an eye opener. I do a "wellness" check for my kids each and every year around their birthday. I really should do the same for myself. In fact I cannot remember the last time I have. Thanks for a great hub.

    • anjalichugh profile image


      9 years ago from New York

      Prevention is better than cure. Being cautious in young days saves a lot of trouble in later years. Good info.

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      laringo : Yes, Primary Health care should be a must in every country. At the very least for children and the elderly.

      ripplemaker : I didn't use to think about this neither. I only ever worried about health check ups for the children but I guess as I grow older I am starting to realize the importance of checking my own body.

      Brian: Awareness is the most important way to prevent serious diseases.

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      Brian Stephens 

      9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Very good advice for everyone.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Oh no, I confess this is something I don't do. (hides face in hands) I think I better have this health check.

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      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      I agree that prevention of serious or deadly disease is very helpful. I am fortunate to have good health care and use it for a annual physical. I just prayer that people in the U.S. who cannot afford health care will soon be able to get affordable care. It is only humanly right.


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