Results from the Australian Health Survey give an important insight into the actions people take in relation to their health, said director of health at the Australian Bureau of Statistics Louise Gates, in order to understand how to "better prevent illness and injury".
Over half of us regularly checked our skin for changes in freckles or moles in 2011-12 period, according to results released yesterday (March 26) from the Australian Health Survey.
"With heart disease remaining the leading cause of death in Australia and almost one in three people over 18 having hypertension, monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels is an important management strategy," Ms Gates said.
"The health survey found that almost nine in ten adults with a disease of the circulatory system had their blood pressure checked in the previous year, and almost three in four had their cholesterol checked."
Ms Gates added that early detection of cancer enhances the chance of treatment being effective, with almost one third of people over 50 tested for bowel cancer at some time in the past, two-thirds of women over 50 tested for breast cancer and just under half the men over 50 tested for prostate cancer.
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