Ever wondered what could possibly be the best way to start a new year? A commitment to fitness? Eating right? Quitting smoking? You have probably made a number of resolutions you believe will improve your health.

But what many forget yet it’s just as important to your health and wellbeing is that clean bill of health by your doctor. That’s where health screenings come in. How about resolving to examine your current state of health just to be sure you are on the path to good health? To begin with, here are more compelling reasons why you should go get the health screening now.

Why Get a New Year Health Screen?

Think about your car. Would you want to skip servicing it and wait for that moment when it breaks down so as to take action? Chances are you’ll be dealing with bigger problems that will cost you a lot of time and set you back hundreds or thousands of dollars when a simple stop at the garage for servicing would have prevented all that.

That’s how your health is. Going for tests or checks that examine medical conditions likely to reduce your life expectancy is the best way to have better control of your future health. Such a test will identify, prevent, or lessen the effects of potential problems before they develop into major costly problems.

If, say, you have a predisposition to a specific condition(s), the doctor will be in a position to provide you with practical advice on how to limit the risks after doing the tests.

How Do I Get A Health Screen?

Better Health Channel, which is Australia’s leading source for health and medical information, recommends that you have health checks incorporated into your routine medical care. Have your doctor conduct those checks whenever you visit the facility.

Usually, the doctor will take your personal and family history into consideration then use the information gathered to update your medical history and examine your health issues.

By having the same doctor or practice do the checks, you’ll be building a relationship with them and in the future, you will be more comfortable speaking to them about your conditions.

What Health Checks Do I Need?

Sometimes the doctor will suggest screening tests that are appropriate for you and how often you should do the checks based on your medical history. Other times, they will recommend health checks to be done based on your gender and age.

Your doctor, practice or health facility will readily share with you a chat or guide that groups the different types of screenings to be done, how it will be done, the age group and gender it’s relevant to and how often you should do it.

To get you started, here’s a comprehensive guide by MyDr (a trusted source for healthcare information in Australia) about health checks for men and women complete with everything that’s involved in the process.

Some of the health checks in Australia you can do for free with Medicare include:

  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure test
  • Cholesterol test
  • Genetic screening
  • Eye test

Your chance to better health and longevity this year begins here. Go have that health screen done today.