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You probably went to the doctor when you caught the flu, but have you had your annual physical exam this year? There are several critical reasons why this is an appointment you shouldn’t miss.
What is an Annual Physical Exam?
An annual physical exam is a periodic health examination, which the American Medical Association has endorsed since 1922. This standard medical practice helps to identify and treat health issues and track a patient’s progress toward individual health goals.
They are frequently given at community health centers, like Advantage Care, or other medical locations.
What are the Benefits of Scheduling a Physical Exam?
1) Assessing Overall Health
A routine physical exam gives your doctor the opportunity to fully examine your total body health. At this time, they will generally review your medical and family history to help determine any potential risk factors. Then, if you have a health problem later, you will have already developed a relationship with a doctor you can trust.
Your doctor will also likely test vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure and respiration rate, to see if they notice any abnormalities. It’s also common to receive a series of blood tests that will provide a more in-depth look at different aspects of your general health.
3 Tests to Expect
- Cholesterol Screening
- Blood Glucose Screening
- Body Mass Index
Your doctor may even be able to help you with suggestions on how to lose weight with healthy eating.
2) Updating your Vaccinations
Children aren’t the only ones who receive vaccinations at well visits.
If you schedule a physical, you can receive all your yearly recommended vaccinations in one visit. Then, you will better equipped survive flu season and other common illnesses and diseases.
Depending on your age and gender, your doctor may recommend different types of vaccinations.
3) Screening for Cancer
Since cancer is now the leading cause of death in America, early detection is a vital part of preventive care. At a physical exam, you may receive screenings and/or referrals for further examinations for many types of cancers, including.
- Skin cancer
- Breast cancer
- Gynecological cancer
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Lung cancer
An annual physical exam is highly recommended for men and women of any age. A quick check-in with your doctor every year will help you live a longer, happier life.
Advantage Care Health Centers specializes in delivering comprehensive primary health care services. We provide our patients with improved access, coordinated care and enhanced patient/family involvement.
If you would like to schedule an annual physical exam, contact us today.