Don’t wait until you are ill to go to the doctor – make an appointment to have a wellness check to ensure that you’re in good health.

There are many screenings to look out for abnormalities and, if there are any, in most cases the earlier these are detected the more successful the treatment.

There are specific tests for men (for example, prostate cancer) and for women there are such checks as pap smears and mammograms to detect predominantly female cancers.

Other ailments such as high blood pressure, heart conditions and diabetes can also be diagnosed and addressed.

These wellness check-ups vary according to life stages and medical history. Talk to your healthcare provider about what is best for you but the following pages outline some of the recommended check- ups.