From sticking to a balanced diet to exercising regularly, there are probably a number of things you do to stay fit and healthy. However, there are a variety of other ways you can ensure your wellbeing is in prime condition. In this blog, we take a look at three health checks that should be on your to-do list.
- Get an STI test
Your sexual wellbeing is extremely important, so it’s vital that you’re aware of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and what you can do to avoid them. These infections can be contracted during unprotected sex, and if they’re left untreated, they can lead to serious health problems, such as infertility. Unfortunately, not all STIs have symptoms, meaning you might not know that you have one. So, if you’re worried that you might have one of these infections, you should get tested.
The good news is, getting tested for an STI is quick and easy. You can do this at a number of places, including your GP surgery or at a local sexual health or GUM clinic. You could even purchase a home testing kit from a trusted online source such as LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor.
If you find out that you have an STI, don’t panic. Most infections are usually treated with a simple course of antibiotics.
- Examine your breasts
It’s thought that one in eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes. The chances of developing this condition increase with age, and at the moment, breast screenings are offered every three years to women aged between 50 and 70. However, even if you are younger than this, it’s vital that you’re aware of this condition, and even though you might not be invited for a screening anytime soon, you should get into the habit of checking your breasts yourself.
Examining your breasts is quick and easy, and it could save your life. Look in the mirror and keep an eye out for changes in the size and shape of your breasts, changes in the skin texture and swelling around your armpits. You should also use your hand to rub each breast in circular motions. This will help you detect if there any lumps. Ideally, you should do this at least once a month.
If you’re concerned about anything to do with your breasts, you should speak to your doctor.
- Check your moles
Let’s be honest – the majority of people have moles. However, while these small, coloured skin spots can be completely harmless, it’s important that you keep an eye on them. Any changes in the way they look or feel could indicate that something is wrong. Some moles can develop into melanoma. This is an aggressive form of skin cancer which, if caught at an early stage, can be surgically treated, so it’s worth checking yours regularly.
When you’re checking your moles, look out for changes in shape, size and colour. You should also inspect them to see if they’ve become red, itchy, inflamed or if any of them bleed. It’s also important to look out for new moles.
If you notice any changes in regards to your moles, you should speak to your GP as soon as possible.
Should you spot any changes in your health, don’t hesitate to speak to a medical professional for help and advice.