Why are check-ups important?

Regular health examinations and tests will help find problems before they commence. They also can help find problems early; at this stage, scope for treatment and cure are better. Thus by getting the right health services, screenings and treatments, you will be able to take such steps as needed to lead a healthy and long life.

Due to advancements in modern medicine, people across the world are living much longer lives. The goal of medicine is not just to improve the longevity of life but its quality as well.

All of us know that “prevention is better than cure”. Today’s lifestyle has brought with it stress, inadequate rest, irregular eating habits, sedentary lifestyle and toxic pollutants. With the growing appreciation of the importance of early detection and diagnosis of illness, the periodic check up has become a central part of primary preventive health care.

A periodic checkup not only will significantly improve your long term health quality but also greatly reduce your long term health care expenses.

The main aim of a medical checkup is to detect illness at an early stage and prevent illness. Some of the conditions that may be picked up on routine medical screening may be: diabetes, breast lumps, elevated blood pressure, skin cancer, etc.

Preventive health care will improve the quality of your life and add years to it.

Many people put off going to a hospital or doctor to undergo a health check up due to lack of time, anxiety about their check-up results or the belief that “I am in good shape; I have nothing wrong with me.” This is natural. However, a check-up will involve only a few hours once a year, easy and painless. A check up can actually save your life.

After a check up, the specialist will give you a health blueprint; this will indicate your health status and the likelihood of any diseases that may occur to you in future.

Family history: Certain diseases have a definite tendency to run in families, e.g. coronary artery disease, diabetes, glaucoma, gout, asthma, hay fever, eczema, etc. Certain types of cancer, viz. breast, bowel and prostate cancer and melanoma occur more commonly in some families. Therefore, the doctor would like to go through the family history of a person, so that the doctor can lookout for these conditions before they can occur.

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