Good health habits

Aside from eating well and maintaining a regular exercise program, simple health checks can help keep you fit and well.

Breast cancer – self-checking is important and a mammogram every two years is recommended for women between 50 and 69. Mammograms are free for women over 40 and women over 70 can continue to have mammograms but should consult their doctor beforehand.

Cervical cancer – all women who have been sexually active and have not yet gone through the menopause should have a pap smear every two years.

Prostate cancer – from age 50, you should have your prostate checked annually or, if you have a family history of prostate cancer, you should have your prostate checked from 35 onwards.

Testicular cancer – regular self-checks should be carried out by all men. Consult your doctor if you notice any abnormalities.

Hearing checks – poor hearing impacts on many aspects of day-to-day life and sufferers often adapt, putting it down to ageing. In many cases, hearing loss can be easily rectified.

Cholesterol checks – high cholesterol can be hereditary but more often than not, is a result of a diet that is high in fat. A simple blood test will let you know if you’re at risk of associated heart disease.

Diabetes checks – Type II diabetes is on the increase and many sufferers don’t know they have the disease. A blood test can identify the disease.

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