Staying healthy for your loved ones
From the moment you find out you are having a baby, your parental instincts kicks in — you start taking great care to do all it takes to ensure your child is safe and healthy. You may take supplements, be more watchful of what you eat and how you go about your daily activities, all for the sake of your baby.
Likewise, you continue to worry about and cater to the wellbeing of your child even after he is born — as he utters his first sound, takes his first step, grows his first tooth, goes to school and so forth as he grows up.
Looking after the well-being of your children is part of a long-term parenting journey. In order to do the job well, you need to take good care of yourself and stay healthy.
Health screenings are not just for the vulnerable; they are vital for everyone
How do you know if you are truly well?
Many diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and certain cancer, usually don’t have telltale signs and symptoms in their early stages.
This is why regular health screenings is important to assess your health condition, even if you feel well and healthy. If any abnormalities are detected during the checks, further assessment tests and treatment can be done. This will lower the risk of complications and ensure higher chances of recovery.
Recommended cancer screenings for women
There are two cancer screenings that you should be aware of:
- Cervical cancer screening
- Breast cancer screening
Cervical cancer is the cancer of the neck of the womb, also known as the cervix. It is also the 10th most common cancer among Singaporean women. Breast cancer, on the other hand, is the number one cancer in Singapore.
In their early stages, both cervical cancer and breast cancer do not always display definitive symptoms that a woman can identify. This is why regular health screening for women is necessary.
If you are aged 25 or above and have ever had sex, it is advisable to go for a Pap smear once every three years to screen for cervical cancer.
On the other hand, if you are age 50 or older, it is advisable to go for a screening mammogram once every two years to screen for breast cancer screening.
Remember, stay healthy so that you are able to take care of your family. Also, don’t forget to encourage your loved ones to go for regular health screenings too.
Head on to the next page to find out where you can learn more about the recommended health screenings for you and your loved ones.