We have a propensity to wait until we feel sick before seeking medical care. When we first experience symptoms, our health has already been damaged. Getting a health exam has several benefits, including preventive measures and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.
Regular health assessments are just as important as the dental and optical exams we regularly attend. This can aid in identifying any underlying health conditions, allowing us to greatly lower our risk and enhance the prognosis of illness.
At Echelon Health we are determined to shine a light on the benefits of early detection and disease prevention through our array of preventative health assessments.
All of our health evaluations include a thorough investigation of your medical history and lifestyle factors. Clients receive a thorough medical report that includes all diagnostic information, suggestions, and any expert referrals that may be required should anything untoward be found.
However, to explore this topic more here are five benefits of getting a private health assessment!
Changes in your lifestyle
Health screenings can assist you in making progress towards a healthier you by revealing how your lifestyle is affecting your general heath. This might entail dietary adjustments, an exercise programme, quitting smoking, and stress reduction techniques.
Everyone should at the very least try to monitor their BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, and overall health. Scheduling a private health assessment can encourage you to pay more attention to your health and address any unhealthy habits.
Modest lifestyle adjustments can have a significant long-term positive impact on general health and fitness. You may feel more confident and at ease knowing that you are leading a life that fully supports you in achieving your ideal health.
Understanding family history and risk
A complete evaluation of your family history cannot usually be done during sporadic visits to your doctor. Your family history however, may indicate that you may be at risk of having an inherited condition that could become apparent in later life.
Knowing your risks may help you modify your lifestyle to reduce your risk of having certain inherited disorders. Although diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can run in families, leading a healthy lifestyle might help make up for certain inherited disadvantages.
Specialised health assessments
Health evaluations are conducted on an individual basis. This means that while determining which tests are necessary, factors unique to the individual are taken into account. This not only makes the diagnostics more precise and convenient, but it also ensures cost-effectiveness.
Some tests are considered as invasive tests. However, early detection allows you to avoid invasive tests if you are able to catch your disease at an early enough stage. Non-invasive tests would ideally be performed first and hopefully might prevent the need for more harsh action.
Examinations that might be damaging to health, such excessive x-ray imaging are suggested only when they form part of a whole clinical picture, including age, family history, symptoms, etc. Early screening should always assess the advantages of screening against the risks.
Some illness risk factors can be influenced by factors like age, gender, family history, and way of life. Any evaluation plan should be customised for each individual as a result.
Early identification of risk
Early diagnosis is advantageous for both acute and chronic illnesses. Cancer stands out as the most obvious example since it can be prevented from spreading throughout the body with early identification. The effectiveness of the treatment will increase with an earlier diagnosis.
Early diagnosis significantly increases the chances of surviving bowel, breast, ovarian, prostate, and lung cancers, according to Cancer Research UK. These quick, non-invasive diagnostics have the power to save lives:
- Breast cancer- examination and mammogram.
- Ovarian cancer- examination and ultrasound.
- Prostate cancer- examination and prostate specific antigen test (PSA).
- Lung cancer– sputum cytology and chest X-ray.
Heart diseases frequently go untreated until symptoms like chest pain become noticeable. Early vascular blockages or problems with electrical conductivity can be found with an ECG. As a result, medication and lifestyle modifications are suggested, which can help stop the progression of heart disease. This might be able to stop future heart attacks.
Health evaluations can help with underlying health issues that may be affecting your daily energy levels in addition to being effective in identifying life-threatening illnesses.
This includes blood sugar levels, hormone levels, thyroid health, and nutritional deficits. On our daily wellbeing, even minor changes in these sensitive balances can have a significant effect.
Cancer Research UK (2021) has found the following:
- “In England, more than 9 in 10 bowel cancer patients survive the disease for 5 years or more, if diagnosed at the earliest stage.
- Almost all women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive their disease for at least 5 years.
- More than 9 in 10 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer at its earliest stage survive their disease for at least 5 years. This falls to just over 1 in 10 women when ovarian cancer is diagnosed at the most advanced stage.
- Almost 9 in 10 of lung cancer patients will survive their disease for at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage. This falls to around 1 in 5 people when lung cancer is diagnosed at the most advanced stage.”
Research and continued prevention
Clients should be treated in accordance with the most recent study findings because medicine is always changing.
The NHS says adults between 40-74 should undergo a health check every five years (NHS, 2019). Based on the average age at which heart and renal disease, diabetes, and stroke tend to manifest, this estimate is cautious. Further research from the NHS has found the following (NHS, 2019a):
- for every 30 to 40 people having an NHS Health Check, 1 person is diagnosed with high blood pressure.
- for every 80 to 200 people having a Health Check, 1 person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
- for every 6 to 10 people having an NHS Health Check, 1 person is identified as being at high risk of cardiovascular disease.
In general, early detection and prevention of disease, together with adopting a healthy lifestyle, are encouraged by research trends in disease prognosis. This allows clinicians to treat the cause rather than the symptoms, which promotes illness risk reduction and responsiveness to therapy.
Transparency should be one of the primary factors for health screens, according to the World Health Organization. Leading medical and scientific advances are incorporated into effective health screening procedures, as well as client choice and empowerment.
Private Health Assessment at Echelon Health
Leading a healthy lifestyle in combination with a private health assessment is the key to optimal health. Preventive healthcare allows doctors and nurses to treat the cause of the issue rather than the symptoms which reduces risk and improves response to treatment.
People should be well informed about their health and through private health assessments they can do just that with great peace of mind. A good private practice should be equipped to empower their clients with knowledge and access to leading technology and expert medical advice.
As mentioned earlier, we have many packages that we have on offer. Our most comprehensive is the Platinum Assessment, which can detect up to 92% and 95% of preventable causes of death among men and women, using a combination of the best imaging technology with the following scans and tests:
- Blood Tests
- CT Aorta
- CT Heart
- CT Coronary Angiogram
- CT Chest
- CT Pelvis
- CT Virtual Colonoscopy
- CT Bone Density
- CT Upright Skeleton
- MRI Brain
- MRI Cerebral Artery Angiogram
- MRI Carotid Artery Angiogram
- MRI Prostate
- Ultrasound Thyroid
- Ultrasound Testes/ Ovaries
- Digital Mammogram
- Full Body Mole Screen
If you would like to find out more information about other packages that we offer or ask about the many benefits not yet mentioned don’t hesitate to contact our team and they will be happy to assist at any time.
NHS (2019). NHS Health Check. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/ (accessed 15/03/2023)
NHS (2019a). What is an NHS Health check? Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/what-is-an-nhs-health-check-new/ (accessed 15/03/2023)
Cancer Research UK (2021). Why is early diagnosis important? Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-symptoms/why-is-early-diagnosis-important (accessed 15/03/2023)