The importance of an annual medical check-up

The importance of an annual medical check-up

Having annual check-ups is very important because, as well as checking your health, it also allows you to detect diseases that may not have symptoms and may not be easy to notice.

Your age, family history and lifestyle will affect how often you need a check-up. Don't wait until you have symptoms - it's important to get into the habit of looking after yourself by having regular check-ups.


Medical check-ups and screenings are necessary for the following reasons:

Health problems can be detected at an early stage before they become more serious.

To prevent health problems from becoming chronic.

To increase the chances of treatment and cure.

Knowing the state of your body through a professional diagnosis will not only help you to be cautious or control diseases, it will also give you peace of mind.

If you have a family history of a certain disease or other risk factors, regular health checks are even more important.

If you are a woman, don't overlook the annual gynaecological check-up, whose main purpose is the prevention and early detection of alterations related to the female genital organs, such as sexually transmitted diseases and gynaecological and breast cancer. At Clínica Corachan we have Corachan Dona, a comprehensive care service for women from adolescence to adulthood.

Some of the tests used to evaluate your gynaecological health and which should be carried out periodically are:

Mammography: an X-ray of your breast to detect the development of breast cancer. Find out more in our Breast Pathology Diagnostic Imaging Unit.
Cytology: a test in which the gynaecologist extracts cells from the cervix to detect precursor lesions of cervical cancer and even vaginal infections.
Pelvic exam: an exam in which the female organs are felt to check for normal size and shape.

Depending on your age and medical history, your gynaecologist may recommend a colonoscopy.

If you are a man, we recommend the following tests:

Prostate examination: this is used to detect prostate cancer early. The urologist will evaluate the state of your prostate by means of a rectal examination and possibly even request a blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Urology Clínica Corachan

Testicular examination: this can detect changes in the colour and size of the testicles.

Colonoscopy: this is a medical test recommended for all those over the age of 50 (or over the age of 40 if they have a history). It consists of the exploration of the inside of the colon and rectum to detect possible anomalies.

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