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Six essential health checks

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Sometimes, a DIY test just won’t cut it. Here are the tests Stylist recommends leaving your desk for

1. THE MOLE CHECK

Next year, 1 in 10 of us will be diagnosed with skin cancer, making melanoma one of the most common cancers in 15 to 34 year olds. The Mole Clinic offers one of the most thorough, advanced screenings for cancerous moles in the UK and an annual visit is recommended to keep an expert eye on your skin. You should also be self-checking for new, changing or strange-looking moles and marks on the skin every three months. A top to toe check costs £110; visit themoleclinic.co.uk or call 0845 604 8142.

2. THE SKIN ANALYSIS

Lancome’s Diagnose is a hi-tech machine that measures wrinkles, sebum and hydration levels, as well as skin firmness. It even adds all those together to give you your skin age. Try it – you might be pleasantly surprised... Available free in department stores; tel: 0844 892 0144.

3. THE SKIN TYPE TEST

If you’re not sure what skin type you are in the first place, brave Vichy’s Dermo Analyzer. This 12-years in development machine delivers an accurate reading of skin type and is available in over 400 Boots stores.

4. THE FULL WORKS

Preventicum, the London Centre of Preventive Medicine, offers the ‘Ultimate Check-Up’, which includes MRI and ultrasound scans, over 40 blood and urine tests, plus a full physical examination. The whole thing takes five hours and costs £2950. Visit preventicum.co.uk or call 020-7605 6900.

5. THE SCALP DIAGNOSIS

If you want your hair to be the best it can be, visit Philip Kingsely for a thorough analysis where he’ll examine your scalp, measure your hair and determine whether you’re flaking, thinning or could just do with a general hair boost. Expect hormone drops, supplements and strengthening products to be dispensed accordingly. A consultation with Kingsley costs £375; or see one of the clinic’s qualified practitioners for £190; tel 020 7629 4004

6. THE BLOAT TEST

Three out of five of all patients who visit Ian Marber’s (aka the Food Doctor) London clinic are there because of plain old (uncomfortable) bloating. It’s incredibly common, he says. After an initial consultation with Marber, you’ll be asked to submit a stool sample (not on the spot, luckily), which is sent off to the lab. Results should be able to show what causes the bloating – most likely an imbalance in gut flora or hormones – and Marber will prescribe supplements and a diet program accordingly. From £125; 0800 093 5877.

Picture credit: Rex Features

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