Thursday, 27 January 2011

50 and medical tests

As you know last year I hit the youthful age of 50 and this week I received two letter from the French health service.

The first was inviting me for a mammographie and the second for a test for colon cancer.

I have already had a few mammographies here in France and they are very easy to book and well carried out - I hope. We get the results straight away and go home with the x-ray, which we have to take with us to future tests. The doctor dictates their findings immediately after the examination, this is typed up straight away with a copy for me and one sent to my doctor.

I will let you know how I get on.


Diane said...

I just missed thd cut off point for a Mammogram and now have to wait till I'm 53! My family have regular Colonscopies as my Mums side of the family are prone to Bowel Cancer (My Mum is the only one to have caught it early enough to have survived!) Whilst they are embarrasing and every part of the procedure is vile (from drinking the liquid to clean you out to getting rid of the excess wind that they pump you full of) I am grateful that we have them. xxxxx

Kathy said...

Well you probably know my story ... that mammogram saved my life. I'd recommend everyone to get tested for everything!!!!

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

I think it's a fantastic idea having free tests available for early detection. I have a mammogram and pap smear test every 2 years (since I was 40) Late last year I received a bowel cancer testing kit through the mail. I have tests done for diabetes as this runs in our family. Pleased that you are taking up the offer of these free tests Sue. Good luck:) xx

Elizabethd said...

Arent mediacal services brilliant here! I go every two years for a mammogram.

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