When should I get a health check?

General Screening Guidelines

Some broad general guidelines on the frequency and commencement of health checks includes the following:
Reference: Duke Health Blog, Oct 2013

Age < 30

Suggested once every 2-3 years.

If you are in general good health, are not overweight, don’t smoke, drink in moderation (or not at all) and don’t take any prescription medication, you may consider getting a health check every two to 3 years.

For females; cervical (pap) smears are advised commencing three years after the beginning of sexual activity or by the age of 21 as a screening against the risk of cervical cancer. After that you may discuss how often you should screen with your provider.

Age 30 - 49

Suggested once every 2 years.

For those between the ages of 30 and 49: it is advised that healthy individuals should normally get a health check once every 2 years.

For females; it is normally advised that women over 40 years of age get a mammogram every other year. This can vary depending on specific health concerns and family history. You may discuss this with your doctor or screening centre if you are unsure.

Age 50 +

Suggested once per year.

Annual health checks normally begin from the age of 50. As one ages the number of health screenings that become relevant due to one’s age increases.

Many screening centres offer very comprehensive health screenings for persons aged 50+. Search options here.

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Screening

uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of both stroke and heart attack.

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Cholesterol Screening

Calculation of your cholesterol ratio is part of the risk assessment of heart disease.

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Diabetes Screening

Blood glucose testing is used to screen individuals for raised blood sugar levels which can indicate prediabetes or diabetes.

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Bone Density Screening

Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.

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Colorectal Screening

In HK, cancer of the colorectum is the most prevalent cancer in Hong Kong, and the second most common in the territory among both females and males.

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Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women.
It is normally advised that women over 40 years of age get a mammogram every other year.

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Pap Smear

Cervical Cancer Screening

Thin Prep cervical smear type, this is an efficient option as the same sample may be used for advanced HPV Genotyping (both high risk and low risk HPV genotypes) testing to identify the HPV strain type.

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STD Screening

Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea HIV & Syphillis

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA advises the following screening guidelines for STDS, including Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV & Syphillis

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