Must do screenings in 2012

Routine medical checkups and health screenings are a responsible way to prevent grave diseases such as cancer, heart conditions, many lifestyle diseases, and so on. It is always a good idea to go for certain prescribed health screenings, albeit without being an obsessed hypochondriac. To help you decide which health screenings are needed, here's our list of the top 10 health screenings that will help you prevent any disease onset in time. *Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images

Pap Smear Test. These tests help in detecting cancerous and pre-cancerous changes in the cervix. This is a must do test for women who have crossed 40 in order to keep their cervical changes under check. Changes in cervix cells can cause cervical cancer or possible-related conditions once you have crossed 40, it is then that the importance of a pap smear test is highlighted. It is a must-do test, especially for women who are sexually active.

ECG (Electrocardiogram). You should go for an electrocardiogram, especially, if you arenít very physically active. Go for one if your body shows symptoms like sweatiness, fatigue, anxiousness and chest pains. An electrocardiogram will help rule out an angina, any blockages or any other cardiovascular troubles.

Blood pressure. High blood pressure is as common as a cough and cold nowadays; blame it on the stressful lives we all lead or the unhealthy lifestyles we've grown accustomed to. Do get it checked once every few months to make sure you donít suffer from hypertension. A blood pressure checkup helps in keeping the risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney damage in check.

Prostate screening. Prostate- specific antigen is a component released into a manís blood by his prostate gland. The release of this component tends to increase with age, thus increasing the chances of prostate cancer in men. Thus, an annual PSA test is a must-do test for men who have crossed 60. A prostate exam helps in making sure that there are no abnormalities. This test must be performed once every 2 years for early detection.

Diabetes. A blood or a urine test for blood sugar will tell you whether you suffer from diabetes or not. One should go for a diabetes test once every 3 years, however if you have high blood sugar problem from birth, then it is a must to go for a diabetes checkup once every 6 months.

Lipid Profile Test. A lipid profiling test helps in identifying the cholesterol levels of a person and keeps the general overall vascular health under check. It helps in identifying Ďbadí low density lipoprotein, which helps in cholesterol screening. The test helps in checking the cholesterol levels in the body and must be tested once every 3 years from the age of 40.

Dental checkups. A visit to the dentist must be made once every 6 months to ensure the safety of your teeth. Important for everyone, a dental checkup is a must for senior citizens. A dental checkup will ensure that oral health conditions like tooth decay, oral cancer and gum diseases are kept at bay.

Eye test. It is a must to go for an eye check up once in every 2 years, after you cross 30. An eye checkup determines whether you need contact glasses or not. Besides, it also helps in keeping eye health conditions at bay

Sexually transmitted disease check. This can be done once every 5 years if you have sexual relations with one partner. However, if you have sex with multiple partners then it a must-do test once every 6 months. If not tested, it can lead to permanent complications. For women, these tests may be done during an annual gynaecological exam.

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