Health Screening FAQ’s

STD Screenings; why we screen for STD’s?

If untreated, STDs can cause a whole host of severe health problems, which is why it’s crucial to be tested regularly. Do you only get tested for STD’s when you have a new partner?

Unfortunately, due to the stigma around STI’s and STD’s, many go untreated for a long time due to a delay in diagnosis, which can lead to infertility problems, cancer, blindness and organ damage.

Why should men over 50 Test their testosterone levels?

From the age of 50, testosterone levels in men drop by approximately 1% every year. In addition to its critical role for sexual function, testosterone is also important for:

  • Lean muscle mass and fat reduction

  • Healthy waist-hip ratio

  • General energy levels

Why should we test our Vitamin D Levels?

Vitamin D deficiency is very common – it’s estimated that nearly half the worldwide population has low levels of Vitamin D in their blood.

The darker your skin, the less Vitamin D you make. About 80% of Bangladeshi, Indian, Iranian, Pakistani and Turkish have Vitamin D deficiency.

Most people do not recognise the signs if they have the deficiency, as the symptoms are typically quite subtle. These include fatigue, muscle weakness and aches, depression and bone weakness.

To prevent Vitamin D deficiency, you need at least 20 minutes of sunshine daily with over 40% of your body exposed. Although the vitamin is also found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy products, it’s very difficult
to meet your daily requirement from diet alone.

Vitamin D should NOT be supplemented haphazardly – toxicity can occur with an excess intake of the vitamin.

Why should we test our Iron Levels?

Iron deficiency is common among women, especially those who are menstruating. Contrary to popular belief, don’t need to have anaemia (low blood count) to suffer from an iron deficiency.

Oral iron supplements can be poorly tolerated by many, causing nausea and constipation. Thankfully, there are better ways to replace iron now (and safely too!), such as through an IV infusion of iron, a simple procedure that can be completed in 30 minutes.

How do we test for early cancer detection?

Using a simple blood test, we can detect cancer at the earliest possible stage, when it is easiest to treat. Early diagnosis is key for people who have had cancer in their family and want to access the best possible action for those at higher risk.

What Cancer Markers are tested?

For Men

  • Beta HCG (Testicular cancer/ Teratoma (mediastinum / chest wall cancers))
  • PSA (Prostate cancer)
  • AFP (Liver cancer)
  • CEA (Colon cancer)
  • CA19.9 (Pancreatic cancer)
  • EBV (Nose & Throat cancers)

For Women

  • CA125 (Ovarian cancer)
  • CA15.3 (Breast cancer)
  • CA19.9 (Pancreatic cancer)
  • AFP (Liver cancer)
  • CEA (Colon cancer)
  • EBV (Nose & Throat cancers)

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