Wouldn’t it be great to stay healthier longer in your life if you could take some simple steps today to prevent future illnesses?
That is exactly why preventive healthcare is so important in our life. Not only does it help you remain healthy and promptly access medical help when necessary but preventive healthcare also reduces your overall medical expenses.
Preventive healthcare occurs before you feel sick or notice any symptoms and is used to prevent or delay the onset of many medical conditions including a wide range of chronic diseases.
Preventive healthcare is different for men and women
Both men and women have unique health requirements that keep changing throughout their life.
For example, some common conditions like cardiovascular disease affect men and women differently. For example, a woman is more likely to die following her first heart attack, a man is less likely to die from the same reason.
However, in both cases, prevention of the disease should be the focus. A preventive measure such as regular exercise is one of the best actions you can take to promote health and wellbeing. Even working out for as little as 30 minutes every day reduces your risk for cardiovascular disease by 50% . Which is something no drugs or medicine that we know of achieve.
As more Australians are living longer than ever before, preventive healthcare has become very important.
Keeping that in kind, our doctors from Sunstate Family Practice have developed a comprehensive checklist for preventive healthcare unique for both men and women.
Preventive Healthcare Checklist for women
1. General Health
An annual health check is a must for women across all age groups that includes a physical examination, making sure you’re up to date with vaccinations and various screenings to proactively check for diseases.
This also allows your doctors to review your health habits such as your diet, exercise, counselling to mental health issues and discussing contraception.
2. Breast Health
BreastScreen Australia, a national breast cancer screening program, recommends all women aged between 50 and 74 to undergo mammogram screenings at least once in 3 years. Although mammography remains the gold standard to detect breast cancer, your doctors can also arrange for an ultrasound or MRI if deemed necessary.
3. Reproductive Health
Beginning as early as 21, a woman should consider getting a cervical cancer screening test. The type of the test, as well as the frequency for it, would be best advised by your doctor.
Depending on your age and risk of infection, consider undergoing an STI test. If you’re sexually active and under the age of 25, screening tests for gonorrhoea and chlamydia is recommended.
4. Heart Health
Heart disease is a major cause of health concern for Australian women. Heart disease kills more than two times as many Australian women than breast cancer.
To keep good heart health, keep track of your blood pressure and level of cholesterol regularly and seek advice from doctors on ways to keep them at healthy levels.
A Healthy Heart Check should be performed annually if you are aged 45-74 years or of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and over 30 years. This assessment is Bulk Billed every year as part of our Healthy Heart Program.
Preventive Healthcare Checklist for men
1. General Health
An annual health check for men focuses on preventive healthcare and includes a physical examination, screening to check for diseases, vaccinations, education and counselling to help make more informed decisions.
During your visit to the doctor, remember to talk about your diet, physical activities and any factors that might put you in risks for chronic diseases.
If you’re overweight or obese and have one or more other risk factors, such as high blood pressure or family history of diabetes or high cholesterol, then consider a diabetes screening every three years.
Review your results with your doctors and seek assistance from a Diabetes Educator for preventing or reducing your risks.
3. Prostate cancer screening
Regular prostate-specific antigen tests (PSA) which are capable of detecting prostate cancer may not be entirely necessary, but be sure to talk to your doctors about the benefits and risks of this test.
All men aged 50 or above or at a higher risk of prostate cancer must talk to their GP’s about screening tests.
4. Heart health
As men age, cardiovascular health becomes a bigger priority. Quitting smoking and not drinking excessive alcohol are absolute starters for healthy heart health. But, 6 other factors including weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, diet, stress and physical activity must be addressed to lead a heart-healthy life.
A Healthy Heart Check should be performed annually if you are aged 45-74 years or of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent and over 30 years. This assessment is Bulk Billed every year as part of our Healthy Heart Program.
Preventive Healthcare with Sunstate Family Practice
At our Preventive Healthcare Clinic, our doctors are experts in delivering preventive healthcare services to help detect early signs of diseases and emphasise healthy lifestyles and risk factor management.
Once your risks are identified, our doctors will provide tailored management programs assisting our patients to make changes to their lifestyle that results in improved health and quality of life.
Preventative healthcare is the cornerstone of Sunstate Family Practice philosophy. Sunstate doctors believe that prevention is preferable to a cure and encourage all patients to engage in annual health assessments and regular check-ups.