Taking care of your health is essential. This is why the proverb "prevention is better than cure" should be taken literally. Clearly, it is advisable to carry out regular checks or health check-ups because they make it possible to take stock of its shape and possibly to detect the first signs of a health problem, namely a disease contracted by the patient or a underlying or ignored pathology. Prevention also makes it possible to quickly find a treatment suitable for the patient's condition and to take charge of it as soon as possible.
According to doctor Michel Cymes, there are many medical screening exams that shouldn't be overlooked and should be done by everyone. Among them, we find the consultation with the dermatologist. It can be done at any age and allows you to examine your skin to monitor moles and to prevent and identify the risk of developing melanoma, which is skin cancer. This is especially recommended when the skin has several moles or if a family member has been affected by this disease before.
What are the medical examinations to carry out from 18 years old?
Sure RTL, Michel Cymes explained that it was necessary to have a blood test at 18 to make sure that these cholesterol levels were normal. He specified that this should be carried out every five years, if at each examination "everything is fine". Then, at age 25, it is recommended that women go to their gynecologist for a cervical smear. This test can check for cancer of the cervix. This should be done every three years until the age of 65.
Medical exams: which ones to do from 40 years old?
From this age, several medical visits take place, even if you feel like you are in great shape. "This is the age when you have to measure your lung capacity to check that you are not in respiratory failure, which can lead, at worst, to COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease", specified the doctor. It is also advisable to measure your blood pressure to prevent the risk of high blood pressure. Michel Cymes recommends carrying out these exams every year.
Another medical examination to be done at age 45: a consultation with the ophthalmologist. This visit allows you to examine the fundus of the eye and get tested for glaucoma. This review can be repeated every two or three years. Michel Cymes also recommends taking a blood test to prevent any risk of diabetes.
What medical examinations should I carry out from the age of 50?
A mammogram to prevent breast cancer is done at age 50 and then every two years. From this age, a colorectal cancer screening test, which looks for blood in the stool, is also done. Like mammography, it should be done every two years.
The electrocardiogram, which records the electrical activity of the heart, is also on the list of tests to be performed in a lifetime. Michel Cymes says it should be done every three or four years. He also recommends that women in their 60s undergo a bone densitometry to check for the risk of osteoporosis.
"There is screening for prostate cancer in men, which is always controversial. We can do a digital rectal examination and a PSA test. You see that with your doctor," specifies the practitioner.
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