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Preventative healthcare is very important and it could save your life. This is a guide to a large number of preventative health measures available to you. If you want to improve your health, ask your family doctor.
To maintain your overall health you need to exercise and eat properly - check with your doctor on the types of exercise that would suit you.
If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your overall health - your family doctor can help you kick the habit.
Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can lead to strokes and heart disease. Blood pressure can easily be measured by your doctor who will help you control it.
Bowel Cancer
Bowel cancer is most common in men aged over 40. If you have relatives that have bowel cancer, you run a higher risk. You should discuss any rectal bleeding or family history of bowel disease with your doctor.
If you are over 40, overweight, or have a family history of diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing diabetes. Your doctor can test you and advise you on necessary lifestyle changes.
Cervical Screening Test
Cervical screening tests are important for detecting and preventing cervical cancer. Women aged between 25 and 74, who have been sexually active are advised to have this test every 5 years.
Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is most common in post menopausal women. All states provide mammograms every 2 years, particularly for women aged 50 to 69. Your family doctor can arrange this test and discuss breast examination.
Prostate Disease
Men should discuss with their doctor any changes in frequency or difficulty in the passage of urine. Your family doctor will discuss with you the importance of a rectal examination and special blood test.


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