5 ways to choose the right health check-up program for you

Regular health check-ups are important and should not be overlooked. But nowadays, there are so many programs that could make you confused and which one best meets your needs. So let us suggest a few tips in which you can determine which check-up programs are most suited to you personally.

1. Age range

Body functions differ according to age and activity. Here are some things to watch out, depending on which age range you fall into:

  • Working age between 18-35 years – The body is still healthy, so you only need a health check-up program that covers a general physical examination.
  • Working age between 35-60 years – Look for a health check-up program that includes examinations to determine risk of various diseases based on gender, genetic disease, and other relevant factors. For those aged 40 and up, the program should also include eyesight and colon cancer checks.
  • Elderly people aged 60 years and over – It is recommended to select a health check-up program especially for the elderly. At this age, the body needs more frequent and thorough examinations to watch out for early signs of disease in order to prepare timely treatments as may be necessary.

2. Gender

Female

  • Mammography – Women over the age of 30 are at risk of developing breast cancer. Therefore, they should be screened every 3 years, and those over 40 years old should be screened annually.
  • Cervical cancer screening – This can be checked by pap smear every 3 years and Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) every 5 years.
  • Bone density test – Women aged 55 years and up should have lumbar spine and hip bone density tests because, as they get older, the body's ability to repair these areas decreases.

Male

  • Prostate abnormalities – To catch prostatitis symptoms, enlarged prostate and prostate cancer early, screening should start at the age of 30.
  • Testosterone level and bladder function – Should begin at the age of 50.

3. Family history of diseases

Some diseases can be hereditary, including anemia, thalassemia, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and others. If you know any of family members who have had any of these conditions, it’s a good idea to choose a check-up that covers it, so as to nip it in the bud.

4. Behaviors and occupation

If you have any regular lifestyle or work habits that heighten the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, office syndrome, and others, you may choose a health check-up program that covers those factors. For instance, those who drink alcohol often should choose a program that includes liver and kidney function examinations.

5. The value of the program

The most cost-effective check-up program is the one that covers what you need at the price you're most comfortable with. When it’s time for your annual health check-up, you can use our suggestions to compare programs from different hospitals and choose what’s best for you.

Reference:

• Ministry of Public Health

• Bumrungrad Hospital

• Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University

• Bangkok Hospital

• Paolo Hospital