Interactive body map

Interactive body map for health checks

The health checks in this interactive body map are aimed at healthy women to help prevent the diseases that can have a big impact on your life. Please note, if you already have risks for disease or illness, such as a family history or your ethnic background increases the chance of your getting certain diseases, it is important you discuss the type and timing of health checks with your doctor.

Different checks are needed at different times in your life, but one thing every person should do is a quick SNAP health check. Ask yourself:

  1. S


    Do you smoke? If yes, what is this doing to your health?

  2. N


    Do you eat a healthy balance of nutritious foods?

  3. A


    How many alcoholic drinks do you consume in a week?

  4. P

    Physical activity

    How active are you?

If any of your answers concern you, please discuss this with your doctor.

Click on different parts of the body to find out what health checks you should have and when.

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  1. 1 Mental & emotional health

    If you are experiencing symptoms such as intense sadness, irritability, fatigue, anxiety or changes to your eating or sleeping habits, see your doctor.

    Intimate partner violence is one of the biggest influences on women's health. If you don't have someone to talk to, call 1800RESPECT.

  2. 2 Skin checks

    Be aware of changes to your skin, particularly if any freckles or moles change in size, shape or colour.

  3. 3 Breast health

    Conduct a monthly self-examination from your 20s and, between the ages of 50 and 70, have a screening mammogram every two years. Contact BreastScreen in your state.

  4. 4 Immunisation
    • Have an influenza vaccination if you:
      • are 65+
      • are pregnant – especially in the last trimester because your baby will also be protected
      • if you have a chronic condition such as severe asthma or diabetes
      • feel you would like one.
    • If you are over 65, have a pneumococcal vaccine
    • Check your childhood immunisations are up to date, eg, tetanus booster.
  5. 5 Bowel health

    Have a test for bowel cancer once every two years between the ages of 50 and 80.

    A simple test you can do at home is the faecal occult blood test. Samples of stool (poo) are collected and sent away to test for any blood. It might sound yuck, but it is very clever and easy! And you don’t have to touch the poo.

    To have a test kit sent to you, call Bowel Cancer Australia on 1800 555 494.

  6. 6 Cervical Screening Test

    Have a Cervical Screening Test every five years between the ages of 25 and 74, with your first one two years after your last Pap test.

  7. 7 Sexual health

    If you are under 30 and sexually active, have a urine test for chlamydia each year, as chlamydia can affect your fertility.

  8. 8 Cardiovascular health

    These checks assess major risks for heart attack and stroke:

    • Blood pressure – every two years after you turn 18
    • Cholesterol – every five years after you turn 45
    • Diabetes check – blood glucose every three years after you turn 40
  9. 9 Bone health

    Assess your risk of osteoporosis every year after you turn 50. A bone density scan (DXA) is recommended after you turn 70.

Last updated 22 November 2018 — Last reviewed 11 October 2018

This web page is designed to be informative and educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your health practitioner. The information above is based on current medical knowledge, evidence and practice as at October 2018.

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