As we step into a brand new year, we reflect on how the previous year went, what we have achieved and how we could do better. However, one of the things we tend to overlook is our physical well-being.
Have we been prioritising our health? Is our body functioning at its peak performance or is it barely getting by? A quick way to get an overview of our health is through a health screening. Health screenings not only provide us with a peace of mind but they also allow us to take prompt steps in disease prevention, detection and/or treatment.
Diseases such as stroke, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases often do not display symptoms in the initial stages of development. Not forgetting the more common ailments such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Health screenings are our first line of defence against such “silent killers” – they offer us insights into our bodily functions in the absence of obvious indications and are key to early disease detection and treatment.
Early intervention against any disease involves a two-step process of screening and diagnostic tests.
First step of disease intervention
Second step of disease intervention
Intended for asymptomatic people
Intended for symptomatic people
Detect risk of developing diseases
Confirm or eliminate results populated from screening test
Health screening packages in Singapore fall under the category of screening tests and are extremely accessible to most people. In the event that any screening test results raise some concerns, your doctor may recommend more comprehensive diagnostic tests to be done.
A full health screening, also known as a full body checkup, involves different screening tests depending on your:
A general health screening package usually involves a physical examination, anthropometric measurements (height, weight etc), and a urine test that screen for the following:
A more comprehensive screening package would include the aforementioned and additional tests to screen for specific parameters such as thyroid hormone levels, cancer markers and sexually transmitted diseases.
Here at Speedoc, we offer a wide range of affordable health screening packages specifically catered to your needs.
Sexual health screening
As your comfort and privacy is our top priority, all health screening services rendered by Speedoc are conducted by a trained nurse in the comfort of your home. Each screening takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and you will receive a personalised health report in no more than three working days.
Note: After making an appointment using our Speedoc app, you will be required to fill in a health screening questionnaire. Our nurse will also be in contact with you to notify you of any fasting requirements prior to the day of your health screening.
The type of screenings and tests are largely dependent on your age, family history, and general health condition. The following table shows a list of various age-specific screening tests that are recommended by MOH:
Recommended to screen for
20-30 years old
40 years old
50 years old
60 years old and above
Similarly, the frequency for a full body checkup is also dependent on your age, family history, and general health condition. General health screenings are recommended as such:
Once every 2 to 3 years if you are in good health and under the age of 50
Once every year if you are in good health and over the age of 50
If you have been diagnosed with chronic diseases such as diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or if you possess any risk factors that may predispose you to certain illnesses, you are advised to visit a doctor for regular follow-ups.
Fasting: Most health screenings require you to fast for at least 8 hours prior to your blood test – your doctor will advise on what is necessary.
Medical history: Bring along your past medical records, if any, for a more accurate analysis.
Medications: Stop taking diabetes medication the day of your health screening and stop taking any medication that may affect your blood pressure 1-2 days before your health screening.
Timing: Women should schedule their health screenings (especially for screening packages that include urine or stool analysis and pap smears) approximately 5 days before or after menstruation.
Sleep: Get a good amount of sleep before your health screening as a lack of sleep may result in blood pressure fluctuations. Clothes: Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing when going for your health screening.
Perfume/deodorant: Do not wear any perfume or deodorant before your health screening as these can cause inaccurate mammogram readings.
Exercise: Do not exercise or engage in strenuous activities before a health screening as this can lead to an increase in heart rate and decrease in potassium levels.
Alcohol/caffeinated drinks: Refrain from consuming any alcohol or caffeinated drinks like coffee or soft drinks as they may increase your blood pressure and interfere with test results.
Pregnant: Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or if you suspect that you are pregnant as test readings may vary for expectant mothers. Additionally, x-rays will not be carried out for pregnant women.