Once you hit your fifties, you’ve still got years of good health and an active life to look forward to; but it makes sense to preserve your health.
From bowel cancer screens to chlamydia testing kits London wide, these are the tests you should know about.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening
Men over the age of 65 are offered this test as a matter of course, as they are more at risk from heart abnormalities. It simply involves a quick and painless ultrasound. Women can request the test too if they believe they may have a risk.
Blood pressure tests
Doctors regularly carry out blood pressure tests and you can even buy your own handheld kit at home from the pharmacy. It is quick and easy to do and you can repeat the test regularly.
Bowel cancer screening
If you are aged between 60 and 74 you will be sent a bowel testing kit by post every two years. The test can’t detect cancer but it can detect any abnormalities which need further investigation.
If you have a mole that changes shape, colour or size, see a doctor immediately – https://www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer/symptoms/skin-cancer.
Women are sent invitations to attend a mammogram every three years from around 50 – depending on their postcode. The test is slightly uncomfortable, but shouldn’t be painful.
If you are sexually active, pay a regular visit to a GUM clinic or use of chlamydia testing kids in London or across the UK via a postal office help. Find out more at chlamydia testing kits London.
Every woman who is sexually active should have a cervical screen from the age of 25 onwards, every three years. It’s a simple swab test that only takes a few minutes and it can be carried out by a nurse.
If you are at risk of high cholesterol, your GP may test you as part of a regular monitoring programme. If cholesterol builds up in your arteries, it can cause a stroke or a heart attack.
NHS health check
Everyone will be invited to an NHS health check every five years from the age of 40. It will assess your chances of developing major diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and dementia. There is a blood test and a Q&A.