Prevention is always better than cure

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There are some pretty sobering statistics around when it comes to many of the most likely causes of early death in the UK today. For instance, consider the following:

  • Every 3 minutes, someone, somewhere in the UK, has a heart attack; each person that does so is either a father, a husband, a wife, a mother, a friend or a colleague.
  • Every 8 minutes, someone dies from coronary heart disease (CHD). In fact, CHD will kill more than twice as many women in the UK as breast cancer.
  • 1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime with almost half of all cancer deaths being lung, bowel, breast or prostate.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with 1 in 8 likely to develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives. That statistic gets even worse for black men who are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer.

Unsurprisingly, no two people are the same. It is what makes us unique, makes us individuals, makes us human beings. And although each of us may have different priorities that cover an enormous range of life goals – success in business, our family, children, sport or just more time to relax and enjoy the fruits of our hard work – there is one thing that unites us all:

No-one wants to die before their time.

So we should all stop for moment and ask ourselves this question – “How cruel would it be if the opportunity to enjoy the things we have worked so hard for and are so looking forward to is taken away by an illness we weren’t planning for and weren’t ready for”?

The Good News

The good news is that there really is something we can do stack the odds massively in your favour. Echelon Health, one of the world’s leading preventative health assessment clinics, is able to detect more than 92% of the causes of early mortality of which the two largest are heart disease and cancer.

First of all though, it’s really important to be aware of what we don’t do at Echelon Health. There are many companies these days offering comprehensive health assessments that look at general fitness, nutrition, sleep and lifestyle. As interesting as these no doubt are, Echelon Health does not provide any of these services.

Instead, we focus on one thing – but we believe we do it better than anyone else. We focus on you as an individual and by undertaking extremely detailed  screening tests using some of the most advanced imaging  technologies in the world and utilising the experience of  some of the best physicians, radiographers and radiologists in the world, we can detect the earliest signs of the vast majority of life threatening diseases. Early detection is crucial because once something is detected, we can dramatically increase the potential for stopping it, whatever it is, in its tracks.

The Echelon approach to Health Assessment

Our Platinum Health Assessment is able to detect for all the most common cancers (lung, bowel, breast and prostate) and most of the rarer cancers – including bladder, brain, lymphoma and leukaemia, kidney, liver, ovarian and uterine, pancreas, thyroid and testicular. In terms of Coronary Heart Disease, our Platinum Health Assessment utilises advanced, low dose, CT scanners so precise that they can visualise the inside of the heart arteries to a resolution of 0.3mm. That’s sufficient detail to see signs of any atheroma (furring up) so that effective steps can to be taken to address it and prevent it causing any issues. The same applies to the scans we carry out to screen for predisposition for vascular dementia and cerebrovascular disease (Stroke), both of which occur when the blood supply to the brain is restricted. Seeing the signs early means fixing the issue before it becomes a problem.

Onward Referral – the best possible network

The majority of people who come to Echelon Health and undertake the full suite of scans as part of their Health Assessment leave happy in the knowledge that they have no signs of any of the life threatening diseases that rightly worry us all. Sometimes though, something is found and that’s where the second big benefit of Echelon Health kicks in. Our team of experienced doctors have been working in the Harley Street area for many years and have built up unrivalled knowledge of the very best specialists in all fields. If we do spot something that needs addressing and further testing, we understand the biggest worry for anyone is not knowing what the future might hold so we utilise our connections to refer you to a top specialist as soon as possible.

Echelon Health – the logical choice

No medical assessment / scanning screening is 100% guaranteed so that’s not a claim we would make. But if you are looking for the very best screening that is available in the world today and which dramatically reduces the chances of you suffering early and unexpected death, then we are confident that Echelon Health will meet the needs of you and your family.

Why not call us on 020 7580 7688 or email us on [email protected] and we shall be delighted to talk through the options and various Health Assessments available to you.

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