learn how to interpret your screening results and take the next steps towards better health
Our nurse or doctor measures your weight, height, blood pressure, pulse and other bedside tests to determine your current state of physical health.
Some body measurements, such as blood pressure, will vary from day to day so we recommend these results be repeated on more than one occasion to get an average picture. Most of the tests can be done at home or in your local pharmacy.
As the number 1 cause of death in Ireland, heart attack and stroke are a major target for screening programmes. identifying modifiable risk factors that are outside the recommended ranges as early as possible allows you to change your habits and prevent the subtle long-term damage.
Some cardiovascular risk factors (age, gender, family history) are not modifiable. Reducing some risks like cholesterol or blood pressure may require input from your GP and/or further detailed testing.
Blood test results can tell you if you are at risk of diseases affecting almost any physiologic process, including liver, kidney diabetes, anaemia and many more. It is very important to take your overall health into consideration when interpreting these results and to only make changes to any medical treatment after consulting your own GP first.
cancer risk assessment
Cancer Risk Assessment
Your cancer risk assessment takes into account your family history, physical examination, and lab investiagtions (where available). We do not diagnose cancer on a screening examination but rather point out where you may have a higher-than-average risk of certainn cancers and where you can make changes to reduce your risk. This may mean changing some lifestyle habits (smoking, alcohol, sun etc) or stepping up your participation in self-examination or national screening programmes (eg. bowel, breast, cervical).
Even after the screening programme, your cancer risk and symptoms will change over time. If you notice any new or changing symptoms, you should contact your own GP in the first instance for advice and examination.
The Keystone Vision screening test provides a convenient and quick assessment of the main components of healthy sight. It is important to understand that the Keystone screen is done in an office environment. Abnormalities detected on the Keystone screen should be followed up with a visit to your optician for a formal assessment and advice.