Many women have misconceptions about gynecological diseases, thinking that the diseases only affect older women and that regular health checks at a younger age are not necessary. As a matter of fact, women of any age can suffer from gynecological diseases such as breast cancer and cervical cancer. It has been documented that there is a growing incidence rate of breast cancer affecting younger women. Therefore, it is important to undergo regular health checks to diagnose gynecological diseases at an earlier stage. Patients can then receive timely treatments and identify potential risks promptly.
Importance of Women’s Health Checks
Cancer has been the leading cause of death in women in Hong Kong since 1994. According to the 2018 statistics published by the Hong Kong Cancer Information and Statistics Centre, there were 4,618 breast cancer diagnoses in 2018 alone, with the youngest patient being only 25 years old. In addition, cervical cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women in Hong Kong. Despite its growing incidence, cancer is not entirely unpreventable. The risk can be greatly reduced with early, appropriate health checks that are tailored to the patients’ needs.
- Detailed medical history assessment and physical examination
- Blood pressure
- Body mass index
- Eye exam
- Cervical smear
- Breast examination
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Pulmonary function test
- Liver and kidney function tests
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)/Exercise ECG
- Blood and urine tests
There are various items in a women's health check. Doctors will design an appropriate health check plan based on the woman’s age and risk factors.
|It is a non-invasive imaging examination used to detect if there are any abnormalities in the uterus and ovaries, such as hydromas, uterine fibroids, chocolate tumors, etc. This can help with the early detection of cervical cancer and ovarian cancer.|