Why you should book a health screening …
So it’s a bit harder to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, and perhaps you’re secretly worried about a health niggle, which you haven’t yet shared with anyone. But wait, don’t you deserve to feel in the best possible health? Doctors agree that being proactive about your health will not only enhance your life - but could save it. It really is a no-brainer!
1. Peace of mind
If you're the kind of person who lies around worrying whether that lump or bump is something sinister, a health screening can provide true peace of mind. Just choose the right screening packages, and you can check for as range of health issues, from whether you’ve got sufficient vitamin D levels, to liver and kidney function to an ECG to measure whether you have a healthy heart. There are some conditions that can be picked up before symptoms show, such as ovarian cancer, known as ‘the silent killer’, as its symptoms can be easily mistaken for IBS or menstrual/menopause-related side effects.
2. Best possible outcome
So, what happens if you DO have something that needs treated? Doctors agree that preventative health checks and medicine, mean an early diagnosis if there is a problem. This significantly increases your chances of making a full recovery. For instance, with bowel cancer, statistics show that 95 out of 100 men (95%) with stage 1 bowel cancer will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they're diagnosed. For women 100 % with stage 1 bowel cancer will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they're diagnosed.
3. No nasty surprises …
For some conditions, things can build up slowly. You don’t feel exactly ill, just under the weather. Conditions such as anaemia, or thyroid issues may not at first seem serious; you can keep on going, but gradually feel grottier and grottier by the day. However, you can end up getting very ill after a while and unable to function. If you don’t have regular health checks, the odds are that when you do eventually find out that something is wrong, the disease will be at a more advanced stage. So that rather than having a few simple blood tests, you could suddenly find yourself in hospital having to undergo a string of frightening tests.
4. Get treatment fast
Supposing you have a condition that needs treatment? Health screenings can give you a comprehensive view of what treatments will most benefit your condition. The sad truth is, in the NHS, there is often not the money to help patients deemed low priority. In a large-scale survey for GP magazine, 35 per cent of doctors who took part, admitted having to ‘fob-off’ patients instead of referring them for treatments that are deemed either ‘non-urgent’ or of ‘low clinical value’, due to costs.
5. Receive a referral
A health screening ensure you know exactly what you’re dealing with and can make a decision fast. If you have a niggling worry about your wellbeing, the chances are you won’t be able to get an appointment for two weeks – longer if you require a particular in-demand GP. There is currently a national shortage of GPs, with 265,000 patients having to change their practice last year, according to data collected by Pulse magazine, because of surgeries either having to close or practices merging. So it’s no wonder that you can expect to wait from two to three weeks for an appointment. When you get a private health screening, doctors can quickly refer you on for further treatment.
6. Explore any health concern
Let’s face it, busy GPs working in the health service don’t have enough time to really get to the heart of the issue. A health screening involves a thorough exploration of your health history, including your siblings and parents. Our doctors know that it is vital to have a holistic approach to patient care, so that a patient’s family history, as well as lifestyle and symptoms can be taken into account. At Twenty-five Harley Street, the medical team, have the benefit of a fully integrated clinic, complete with pathology labs to analyse blood works and, a DEXA scanner to calculate bone density.
7. Puts the breaks on any bad habits
Enjoying life a little too much? If tippling and the odd sneaky cigarette is putting your health at risk, getting the full picture from a health screening can be literally a sovering experience. Doctors at Twenty-five can also give you a good idea of your future health, taking into account family history, lifestyle such as smoking, drinking excess alcohol, and even excessive caffeine, which can take a toll on your health over time. They can use scientific date to calculate your ‘heart health’ and so predict your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years.
8. Be there for your loved ones
If you don’t look after yourself, who will look after everyone else? People in their 40s and 50s are the ‘sandwich generation’, where we’re more likely to be still looking after adult children who are living at home, and also more of us are looking after ageing parents. In order to meet these caring demands, it’s vital you look after your own health first.. Younger women may be at risk of cervical cancer and may need a colposcopy check.
9. Boost your relationship
Even relatively minor health issues such as aches and pains, lethargy, can affect the patience and attention you feel able to give a partner, not to mention putting a dampener on libido. Sometimes it’s a case of targeting specific male or female health issues, such as symptoms of menopause in Essential Woman screening, or concerns like prostate problems with Essential man, in order to treat possible conditions, and also to return your lust for life.
10. Feel well now!
It’s so easy to put off health niggles and concerns. But why? If you feel like your health is dragging you down, any added stresses in your life will only compound the problem. Being in peak health will mean that you can get the most out of life, as well as manage stress better at work and feeling able to take on new challenges such as project or embarking on a new hobby. Think about it – there may be a simple solution to grabbing more energy and vitality. What are you waiting for?
11. Good future health
It’s a fact that we’re living considerably longer than previous generations. While the Japanese and Chinese are managing to live into their 80s, in the UK the average age is also impressive, at 79.4 years, up from 62 years in 1985. However, it is true that ill health can cause problems with quality of life. However, early prevention can stop these problems in their tracks. We can’t stop our bodies ageing, but we can take steps to ensure we protect against common diseases of old age so we have a better quality of life. For example, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men after the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, checking bone health is a vital part of any health screening.