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Have You Had Your Annual Physical?

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqEveryone- no matter how healthy you are, should receive an annual physical.  Why? A physical examination checks you from head to toe as a preventative care method, and a doctor that gets to know you and your health history as well as your family’s will know what to check for and how to treat you when you go in. So, not only does it keep your body in check, but it keeps your relationship with your doctor up-to-date in case you would ever need to go in for something specific.
Annual physicals prevent a potential disease from spreading as well. If you constantly keep your body in check by a doctor, any potential disease will be caught quicker or prevented all together before things get more serious. Diseases like cancer are silent- so annual blood work is very important.
For women especially it is recommended to see a gynecologist yearly not only to check for any STD’S or problems that could be from partners but to receive a mammogram as well. Many women put off getting a mammogram and this is what doctors stress the most in order to prevent issues such as breast cancer.
“Everyone needs a doctor, even when they are healthy, because a doctor not only manages and cures illness, but also, hopefully, helps prevent illness and promotes wellness. Having a regular relationship with your primary care doctor is important and can be critical in diagnosing potential issues. It is difficult for a doctor you are seeing for the first time to know your history, your body, your normal function and presentation, and your emotions to recognize differences that may indicate problems,” Dr. John Connolly of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

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