The increased life expectancy on today’s population shows us that our health is a precious matter and that people would generally want to live a better quality of life. The advancement in the medical, pharmaceutical, and laboratory fields has greatly improved and lengthened our life expectancy, leading us to understand how important it is to get regular health screening.

Why is health screening important? First of all, health screening can detect early stages of disease conditions that can warrant immediate medical treatment either to treat, halt, or remove. For example, detecting early changes in cells can easily halt the progressive and fatal course of cancer. Another example is where screening for polycystic ovarian syndrome can help treat it early in its course. And in addition, it can also detect masses and growth that can facilitate its early removal before it increases in size and puts pressure on the organs.

What is regular health screening and how often should we get checked? There are basic guidelines that you can remember what and when to get screened. For women, self-breast exams can be done a week after your period, while a clinical exam performed by a doctor is done annually. Pap smears must be done annually or more frequently when your OB recommends it. For those over 50, a clinical rectal exam is needed annually to make sure there are no growths on the large intestine, while regular eye screening is also needed when narrowing or blurring of vision is experienced.

For those with a history of diabetes or high blood pressure, getting a blood exam to evaluate sugar levels and a frequent pressure monitoring is needed to detect subtle changes. Having a trusted general physician can help remind you and recommend further testing and screening to ensure that you get the best medical attention possible.