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Health checks for women

Woman having a mammogram

Mammography

A mammogram is a type of X-ray used to screen for breast cancer. Learn more about the process, plus the benefits and risks of mammography.

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Osteoporosis diagnosis

Osteoporosis is often diagnosed after a fracture caused by weakening bones. Learn about the diagnosis of osteoporosis, including bone density tests.

Skin cancer diagnosis

Skin cancer is diagnosed by physical examination and biopsy. Find out more about mole checks and how skin cancer is diagnosed.

BMI and waist circumference can estimate your healthy weight.

Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference

Learn to estimate whether or not you are a healthy weight by calculating your body mass index (BMI) and measuring your waist circumference.

What is a healthy blood pressure?

It's important to have your blood pressure checked, as high blood pressure can affect blood flow to your organs. Discover more about this simple test.

Cholesterol and lipid tests

A cholesterol (or lipid profile) test looks at the various levels of cholesterol and other fats in your blood.

Blood glucose test

Blood glucose tests, also sometimes called blood sugar tests, are usually used to check for or monitor diabetes.

View of woman on the toilet from the waist up as she reaches for toilet paper.

Bowel cancer screening

Bowel cancer screening is important for early detection. A national screening process is in place called the faecal occult blood test (FOBT).

Regular eye tests can help make sure your eyes are in good health.

Eye tests

Regular eye tests can pick up problems before you notice any symptoms – and you don’t need a referral to see an optometrist.

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Genetic testing

Genetic testing can give you vital information if you're planning a family or if you, or your partner, has a genetic disorder.

Image of doctors hands preparing a cervical screening test with female patient in the background.

Cervical screening test

Pap smears have been replaced by a new cervical screening test to detect human papillomavirus (HPV), helping protect women from cervical cancer.

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