I'm Franka, I'm 52 years old and I go for an annual check-up at Bloodworths Test. This time I chose for the National Health Check-up, supplemented with the blood test for iron accumulation, because that runs in my family. I also do the IFOBT test every year, to see if I have any polyps in my colon. Colorectal cancer almost always develops from a polyp in the intestinal wall. A polyp is a benign tumor. Polyps can be malignant. A malignant growth is cancer. So I prefer to be on time. I already have my breasts checked regularly, but after breast cancer, cancer of the colon is the most common type of cancer in the Netherlands.
Course of the blood test
Soon I got my supplies in the bus for my blood, urine and poop test. For the blood test I could go every morning in my village. A week after I had put my blood and other collected material in the mailbox in our street, as medical mail, I got my results and explanation by email.
Because I had indicated that I would like to discuss my results with a doctor, I received a telephone call from Dr Erwteman the following evening. Unfortunately I was not at home, but he left a message on my voice mail saying that he would call back the next evening. He was a very nice man who calmly went through the results with me.
Because my mother, brother and sister live in France and have annual check-ups there, I knew that there are certain blood values in the family that are a risk to your health. I discussed this with Dr Erwteman. We also discussed whether my elevated liver value could be related to the medicine I am taking.
In short, personal advice that gives me insight into my health and keeps me motivated to continue with my healthy lifestyle.
Doctor Erwteman advised me to check certain blood values again after a year. I am certainly going to do that!
Doctor Erwteman during the meet & greet at the National Health Fair: