The Doury Road Development Group will be welcoming the Action Cancer Big Bus to Regents Park in Ballymena this weekend. On Saturday 26th September 2015 the Big Bus will bring help, advice and health checks to lots of people in the area.
The bus provides breast screening for Women aged 40-49 or 70 plus who are not showing any symptoms. If you are showing symptoms please see your GP. Action Cancer say:
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer – while this is a frightening statistic, detecting breast cancer early makes it a very treatable diagnosis. Using the latest digital mammography technology we are able to see cancers millimetres in size & before women have developed symptoms or a lump. All women over 40 should be having regular mammograms Action Cancer offer this free service to women aged 40-49 & 70+ (the NHS screening programme will call all women aged 50-70). All women aged between 40-49 years and over 70 years can receive a mammogram on board with results processed within 3 weeks.
Here are some of the other Health Checks which are available:
Cholesterol and Glucose Testing (This counts as 2 of your 4 tests)
The cholesterol measurement involves obtaining a single sample of blood from the individual’s finger using a sterile needle. It is important to have your cholesterol monitored as high cholesterol increases your risk of serious health conditions such as heart attack and stroke.
The glucose measurement requires a single sample of blood from the individual’s finger using a sterile needle. The glucose measurement is used to indicate the risk of Diabetes.
Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate
Blood pressure measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of your arteries as it is pumped around the body by your heart. If this pressure is too high it puts a strain on your arteries and your heart which makes it more likely that you will suffer a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease.
A peak flow meter is used to measure the maximum rate of air breathed out. Three readings are taken to indicate how well the lungs are functioning.
Body Composition Analysis
Carried out in the form of bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). These professional scales measure weight, body fat %, fat mass, muscle mass, total body water %, metabolic age, basal metabolic rate (BMR), visceral fat (fat which gathers around internal organs) and body mass index (BMI). *For more accurate results it is recommended that you should not do heavy exercise or eat a large meal in the 3hrs before this test.
Facial Skin Scanner Analysis
The facial skin scanner uses ultraviolet light to detect facial skin damage as a result of exposure to harmful UV rays. It does not detect skin cancer.