Why invest in a preventative health screening?

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According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), a significant proportion of deaths in the UK are avoidable, treatable or preventable. The latest statistics show that 8% of total deaths in the UK in 2018, equating to 50,000 deaths, were caused by diseases that would have been treatable had they been avoided through timely and effective healthcare interventions. With such a high mortality rate associated with treatable conditions, the need for preventative health screenings has never been clearer.

At Echelon Health, we understand the importance of preventative healthcare. With the potential to reduce mortality rates, significantly improve patient outcomes and provide peace of mind to millions, preventative health should be  one of the most critical elements of any healthcare system.

Despite this, approximately 64% of government spending on healthcare relates to curative and rehabilitative care, while only around 5% relates to preventative health. This alarming disparity is, perhaps, why so many families suffer the avoidable loss of a loved one. With preventative healthcare so restricted via publicly funded services, the independent sector is the only place to access a comprehensive level of preventative healthcare.

By making preventative health check ups available to individuals and corporations, Echelon Health is committed to providing the advanced imaging equipment, investigations and clinical services you need to enhance your health.

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The preventative health field focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle habits as well as early detection of disease through preventative health assessments

What is preventative health?

Preventative health is given a number of definitions. The World Health Organisation (WHO) categorise preventive health in two ways. Firstly, preventative health can refer to the prevention of disease, through vaccination programmes and improved sanitation, for example. Secondly, the term is often used to refer to the prevention of illness via health screenings and early diagnosis.

It is this second arm of preventative health that we at Echelon Health are focused on. With a range of preventative health screening options available, we ensure that you have access to detailed imaging tests, early diagnostic facilities and world-renowned clinicians across a range of medical specialties.

By choosing to undertake a preventative health check, you can ensure that any abnormalities are identified as early as possible. Typically, people who choose to incorporate preventative healthcare measures into their lifestyles have any subsequent conditions diagnosed before they begin to experience symptoms. As you are no doubt aware, diagnosing disease at an early stage allows treatment to be commenced more quickly and can usually greatly improve patient outcomes.

With many cancers, for example, early detection can transform survival rates. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 9 out of 10 bowel cancer patients will survive for longer than 5 years if the disease is diagnosed in its earliest stage. Similarly, the rate of patients surviving lung cancer for more than 5 years increases from a paltry 5% to over 90% when early detection is possible.

What role does technology play in preventative health screenings?

Technology has changed the way we live and it’s revolutionising healthcare too. Today’s medical treatments are far more advanced than they once were, which means survival rates and patient outcomes are far improved too. In addition to this, technology has transformed preventative health and is crucial to its success.

At Echelon Health, we understand the benefits of technology to the medical community, which is why we utilise one of the most advanced imaging suites in the world. Using ultrasound, CT scanners and MRI scanners, we offer a wide range of imaging tests. Furthermore, our state-of-the-art equipment ensures pinpoint accuracy and an astonishing level of detail, allowing us to identify and diagnose potential abnormalities before they develop into more serious health threats. For instance, our CT scanner can see inside the heart arteries with a resolution of 0.3mm. Our EOS CT scanner performs upright, 3D scans of the entire skeleton and is just one of three machines in the UK, while the MRI scanner we use is one of the few very powerful 3T scanners available in London.

Combining clinical accuracy with swift processes, our advanced technology and equipment provides exceptional detail and ensures complete comfort throughout the assessment process.

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Technology plays a big part in preventative health. Health assessments at Echelon Health can detect over 92 of disease that leads to premature death

What are the key benefits of preventative health screenings?

There are a wide range of benefits associated with preventative health screenings, including:

  • Early disease diagnosis
  • Access to a wider choice of treatments (if required)
  • Access to minimally invasive treatments (if required)
  • Peace of mind
  • Longer life
  • Control over your own health

What could a preventative health screening in London do for you?

Perhaps you have a family history of heart disease or a genetic risk of a particular type of cancer. If so, a preventative health screening in London could rule out the possibility of your body harbouring a life-threatening yet silent disease.

Additionally, you may have experienced health issues in the past and want to confirm that you’re not currently experiencing some form of relapse? In such cases, preventative health screenings can give you peace of mind and/or access to swift treatment, if it’s needed.

While it’s true you can’t put a price on your own health, it’s worth noting that a preventative health screening in London could be a savvy financial investment too. Generally, the cost of treating a medical condition is far higher than the cost of preventing it. By investing in a preventative health check up now, you could avoid facing far higher medical bills in the future. Furthermore, preventative imaging tests could also negate the need for intensive treatments and a potentially life-threatening diagnosis.

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A preventative health assessment will detect disease early and increase your chances of living a long and healthy life

Contact Echelon Health today

With so many benefits associated with preventative health screening in London, it’s easy to see why so many people are choosing to take control of their own health. If you would like to find out more about the range of options available, why not talk to a member of our client liaison team today?

Call Echelon Health now on 020 7580 7688 and find out why prevention is always better than cure.

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 Office for National Statistics – Avoidable mortality in the UK. 2018

 Office for National Statistics – Healthcare expenditure, UK Health Accounts. 2018

World Health Organisation – Definition: Disease Prevention 

Cancer Research UK – Why early diagnosis is important

Forbes – the skills required for preventative healthcare

Musich, Shirley, et al. “The impact of personalized preventive care on health care quality, utilization, and expenditures.” Population health management 19.6. 2016