Do you go for checkups?

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Just been given the news that my bother in law died of cancer. Riddled with it. We'd assumed he died of a heart attack as he dropped dead suddenly last week but it turns out he hadn't been for any regular checkups and it killed before anybody knew. In a way perhaps merciful as his partner didn't have to live through watching him die slowly. But who knows, maybe it was treatable if he'd been diagnosed and treated early?

 

So do you go for checkups? I have to say I 've been the last two years and been ducking it this year. Not been sick for over a year so why would I need it? All of a sudden with a jolt I'm reminded why.

 

So do you go for an regular checkup or duck it?

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So do you go for an regular checkup or duck it?

 

I used to go for a smear test once a year - I missed a few in the last 3 years, but started going again in 2012 and hope to keep it up again, it doesn't take long and doesn't hurt, but it's still something I like to put off, even though I know it's silly to.

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Yes, I go for a pap smear and ultrasound every 6 months and a Gesundheitscheck at my GP's office every two years. Thyroid check once a year and colonoscopy occasionally since I have IBD.

 

My f-i-l is a prostate and colon cancer survivor (they caught both early, thank goodness) so my husband also gets checked regularly for those two because he is more at risk through his dad.

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I skip it but it's not always an easy choice.

With regards the cancer thing, you don't say which one but screening is not always a good idea.

For example a 2010 report on 6 large prostate cancer screening trials found that screening increased the number of men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer BUT did nothing to reduce deaths or help men live longer.

Since 2 out of 3 men with a raised PSA rate (The screening test) do not have prostate cancer it seems to me that the chance of having a lot of un-needed tests and investigations is higher with screening than without, but my chances of living longer is unchanged.

 

More thoughts on prostate screening here:- Cancer Research UK page on screening for prostate cancer.

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I went for a check when I reached 55, just because I thought I should. They checked for cancer, heart, blood pressure and the like. The upshot of this is, after dithering around a bit after the results, I'm being treated for high blood pressure. I felt no effects of this so couldn't have known myself. High blood pressure can kill quite unexpectedly, so I'm glad I went.

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My father had melanoma many years ago which means I have apparently 10 times more chance than others of getting it. For this reason I am always asking doctors here (and in Oz where I think they are more geared to recognising it) if moles or the like are OK. As a side note, my father still gets skin cancers cut off as often as other people have waxing done. He is a farmer so unfortunately his years working in the 60s and 70s without cabins on headers totally stuffed his skin. Still alive though so that's something!

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I'm being treated for high blood pressure. I felt no effects of this

Yes, high blood pressure often has no symptoms at all and it's good to get checked once in a while.

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Duck it and pretend I'm invincible. In December of 2011, my ENT told me I had some precursors to mouth cancer and that I needed to go back in January. I put it off until May, I think it was, before someone pretty much forced me to go. The precursors had disappeared by then.

 

Same with the dentist. In 2005, I went to the dentist for the first time in 10 years. I expected to need a lot of work. Nothing. "Everything looks great. Come back in a year". It's now 8 years later, maybe I should make another appointment. Nah, I'll give it another 2 years.

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Same with the dentist. In 2005, I went to the dentist for the first time in 10 years.

 

Dentists are something else I think, I haven't been for dental treatment since 1986.

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Yes, high blood pressure often has no symptoms at all and it's good to get checked once in a while.

 

To make my thinking I'd just not go this year worse I had exactly the experience of not being sick and then told I had high blood pressure 2 years ago. I know I don't go because I'm scared I might be told something I don't want to hear but it is pretty stupid logic.

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Allershausen and Jaycool - you lucky things re dentists! I only have to book my next appointment and my dentist is ordering his new expensive car on the basis of what he will get from me!

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Jay. My dentist is stunningly hot. Want a referal?

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For the last four years, after a health scare, I had to go for a Pap smear and ultrasound every three months. I'm now down to every six months, and if I'm clear this year, should be able to go yearly from now on. Thyroid I get checked yearly (blood and ultrasound), blood pressure I check myself at home.

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See what happened to Steve Jobs.

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Jay. My dentist is stunningly hot. Want a referal?

 

Tell her you want a prostate exam, Jaycool...

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Jay. My dentist is stunningly hot. Want a referal?

 

I think that's the last thing I need, but thanks anyway. My ENT is not only hot, she wears short skirts and positions herself very provocatively with each leg on the outside of one of my legs... I'm very careful to look her in the eyes throughout the visit. :ph34r:

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I went for a check when I reached 55, just because I thought I should.

Great example from Allershausen. 10+ years later and he is clearly still going strong.

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I have been for being sick and my tendonitis problems but other than that no. I need to make an appt for my ob now that I am reminded, it has been over 3 years. I won't even mention the dentist...I should really make these appts.

 

If it wasn't for my tendonitis I wouldn't be at the docs every few months. I am currently in pain from my morning physiotherapy appt today, still hurting from the one on Friday. :( Definitely no fun.

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Great example from Allershausen. 10+ years later and he is clearly still going strong.

 

:D (Git)

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