The good news is that awareness of female diseases such as breast and cervical cancer has increased, with more women being vigilant with their health. However, the reality is that most women’s lifestyles are too busy to accommodate much more than a cursory self-check and attendance of routine screening appointments. Whether a woman is in her reproductive or menopausal years, a check-up at a Well Woman clinic can be invaluable, either providing early diagnosis or indicators about required changes in lifestyle.
What will I be screened for at the Well Woman Clinic?
There are frequent developments in screening technology, and tests can detect early signs of female cancers – breast, uterine, ovarian and cervical – and non-cancerous illnesses including osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes.
At female gynaecologist Miss Amanda Tozer’s London clinic, a full medical history will be taken before the following tests are run: full blood count, liver and renal function, fasting glucose and cholesterol levels, body mass index, blood pressure, urinalysis, breast examination and cervical smear.
Miss Tozer can also run hormone tests to check ovarian and pituitary function and conduct a gynaecological pelvic ultrasound to assess the pelvis for abnormalities such as endometrial polyps, uterine fibroids and ovarian and para-ovarian cysts. There is also the option of a CA125 test; rather than a diagnostic test, a CA125 can be used to monitor high-risk women with a family history of ovarian cancer.
Can you screen for osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is relatively common, affecting around 3 million people in the UK to some degree. It usually, but not exclusively, affects post-menopausal women. Miss Amanda Tozer offers bone densitometry tests to women attending her London Well Woman Screening clinic. This test involves performing a scan of the hip and spine to assess bone density, detecting the presence of bone loss, be it mild or severe.