Routine tests

A big part of keeping healthy is making sure you’re both physically and mentally well. Our experts give advice on what you should be getting routinely checked.

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Between retirement, grandchildren and a slower pace of life, the 60s are the start of your golden years… but from a health point of view this is also the age

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What’s the deal with colonoscopies?

We asked Dr Naayil Rajabally, a gastroenterologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, to answer some FAQs on colonoscopies.

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Saved by the test

When Nicole Jacobs* went for her annual Pap smear, she was taken by surprise. Fairly aggressive cancerous cells were found in her cervix, but since it was detected early she was able to receive prompt and successful treatment.

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10 health tips for women

Most women take better care of others than they do of themselves. Take some time to focus on yourself and follow these easy tips.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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A man’s health checklist

No matter how old you are, if you’re a man, you’re probably avoiding your annual health check-ups. Man up, make an appointment with your GP, and go get tested. Our decade-by-decade guide will show you what to ask for… no matter how old you are.

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Beating cervical cancer

New strides in the detection, treatment and prevention of cervical cancer mean that it can be beaten. Here, a survivor tells her story and we look at the potential of the HPV vaccine.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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Symptoms not to ignore

While we can’t run to the doctor every time we have a headache or chest pain, here are 10 symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.

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Detecting breast cancer

You should be checking your breasts regularly for any changes that may indicate an underlying problem like breast cancer.

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Just checking!

Even if you’re feeling healthy and nothing hurts, book an annual checkup with your GP.

Dermatology

Annual checkup

Book an annual checkup with your GP and if necessary, he or she will send you to the appropriate specialist.

Routine tests

Blood tests – rarity or routine?

Blood tests are a great early-warning detection. Speak to your doctor about what routine tests you should have annually.

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Part two: routine tests for over-50s

If you’re 50 years or older, consider having these routine tests done.

Children up to 12

Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a painless, non-surgical procedure that can ‘see’ more deeply into the body’s tissue than X-rays.

Children up to 12

Misunderstanding allergies

Allergies are often misunderstood. Find out more about food intolerances and whether you can outgrow an allergy.

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Oral health

It’s important to look after your dental health – read on for more.

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Part one: Routine tests for over-50s

A selection of routine medical tests over-50s should consider taking.

Routine tests

Moles and melanoma

Protect yourself against melanoma by understanding the risks.

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