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You have no health complaints, but are still considering a screening without being encouraged to do so in a population screening or by a doctor.

There are various ways of getting a screening on your own initiative. The number of self tests and screening apps has increased considerably in recent years and will probably continue to do so in the coming years as well. This is because, among other things, new knowledge and technologies are resulting in more and more tests. It is easy to download screening apps and you can simply order most self tests online.

    A few examples:

    • Genetic tests to determine your own chance or that of your children of getting a certain disease.
    • HIV self tests.
    • Self tests for allergies.
    • Apps to measure vital functions and detect abnormalities, such as heart rhythm or respiratory disorders.
    • Self tests to measure your sugar level or cholesterol level.

    Think carefully in advance about the possible consequences of a screening on your own initiative. After all, you don’t need tests to start living more healthily.

    If you do have health problems, you should consult a doctor. The tests and diagnoses of your GP are generally much more accurate and certainly more reliable than those of a self test or screening app. Moreover, your GP has the necessary knowledge to interpret your test results correctly and to propose the correct follow-up and/or treatment.