According to health records, cancer, heart diseases, pneumonia, stroke and diabetes are five of the top killer diseases in Singapore. A close look at the nature of these diseases reveal that most of them are largely linked to an unhealthy lifestyle and diet, lack of exercise, stress and obesity. Although some of the diseases are hereditary in nature and to a certain extent unavoidable, heart disease and stroke can largely be prevented. Health experts agree that early detection of these diseases will improve the odds of recovery and boost the success rate. Why? Early detection via health screening can alert doctors of potential risks and existing health conditions and with that, take action to prevent or treat the health problem.
George Tan thrives on routine. Each morning, he walks to the nearest hawker centre for his roti prata breakfast, complete with a cup of Kopi-O. Sometimes, he breaks out of his usual and opts for dough sticks or big dumplings stuffed with fatty slices of pork. Every weekend, he squeezes in an hour of jogging into his otherwise packed schedule. Looking at him, he’s the picture of health, at least outwardly. At 48, he is rather trim compared to his peers. Although he notices his waistline thickening a little with age, he prides himself on his almost perfect work attendance and very few doctor’s visits.
Every doctor has in his or her own repertoire a list of screening tests to do on people at different ages and with different risk factors. You should always ask your doctor about which screening tests are appropriate for you. In the meantime, these are some screening tests that might be important for you to do. Most are blood tests but not all. Let’s take a look at the screening tests your doctor might order on you.
When did you last have a physical health screening done? Depending on how old you are and what physical problems you have, the answer should be within one to five years. The older you are the more screening tests you need and the more often you should see the doctor. Unfortunately, not everyone is getting physical health screening done regularly.
Believe it or not, there are health screening packages you can purchase that cost $10,000. Why would you choose such a package unless you were a wealthy executive who had a lot of cash or whose corporation wanted to invest that amount of money in you in order to make sure you were completely safe? Still, some people choose to do exactly that.