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Health Examination FAQ

Frequently asked question of Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital regarding health examination


QHow many times should I receive a health examination a year?
A We recommend patients receive a health examination once a year for early detection of chronic disorders such as hypertension, diabetes or dyslipidemia. For people who are not in the high-risk group for cancer (hepatitis B/C carrier, chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, etc.) should receive a health examination once every two years for early cancer detection.
QWhat kinds of examinations are recommended for each gender and age group?
AYou should choose the proper examination program through counseling with a doctor based on family history, past medical history, lifestyle and environment, rather than gender or age.
QI’m currently on medication. What should I do
A You should notify our medical staff of all current medication. Our staff should be informed about antithrombotic agents such as children’s aspirin and warfarin as well as vitamins and health functional food. Diabetes medicine and insulin can cause hypoglycemia when taken on an empty stomach, so insulin or oral diabetes medicine should be taken after a meal after the examination.
QWhich exam should I receive, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy or upper GI series?
A Upper GI series requires the patient to be exposed to radiation and does not allow biopsy during examination, and is currently not recommended. We advise you to receive upper gastrointestinal endoscopy if possible.
QCan anyone receive endoscopy under sedation?
A While patients with chronic disorders with reduced cardiopulmonary functions require special care, our health examination is carried out by several medical personnel, and we take preparatory measures for emergencies. Please refer to the patient consent sheet and guide for more details.
QShould I receive colonoscopy every year?
A Adults without specific symptoms or family history of colorectal cancer are advised to receive colonoscopy exams once every 3~5 years starting at the age of 50.
People who experience bloody stool or significant changes in bowel habit (constipation, narrow stool, melena, etc.) are advised to receive examination immediately regardless of the recommended cycle.
QWhat’s the difference between colonoscopy and CT colonography?
A CT colonography requires shorter time and means less discomfort, but is not generally recommended as CT colonography prohibits biopsy during the test.
Meanwhile, colonoscopy is carried out under sedation and patients do not have to worry about discomfort.
QCan blood test screen all types of cancers?
A Although tumor markers offer assistance in detecting cancers such as liver cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer, it does not offer screening for all types of cancer.
QI’m a single woman. How should I receive a gynecological examination and mammography?
A Patients receiving gynecological examination must notify our medical staff of their marital status before examination. Breast mammography has nothing to do with marital status.
QI’m on my menstrual cycle. How should I receive the examination?
A Some tests (urine test and gynecological exams) can be affected by the menstrual cycle, so we advise patients to receive examination after the cycle.
QI’m pregnant. Can I receive a health examination?
A You can receive an examination except for tests that are contraindicated for pregnancy. However, the normal criteria for results can differ during pregnancy, so please notify our medical staff of your pregnancy status.