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Why It’s Important to Have Regular Check-Ups

Why It’s Important to Have Regular Check-Ups

Why You Should Have Regular Physicals

Many Americans find themselves scheduling an appointment with their primary care doctor when they notice something wrong or an alarming symptom they didn’t previously have. While this is helpful when it comes to diagnosing health issues, it is just as important to have regular check-ups with your doctor. Although most healthy adults don’t need to see their doctor every year, it is advised that you have a physical exam at least every other year.

Here’s how keeping these regular appointments can help your doctor to provide you with the best care possible.

Health Screenings

Whether it’s because of your age, gender, or family history—if you are at an increased risk for certain health conditions, it is important for you to have the screening that is done during wellness exams. This way, your primary doctor can notice any changes in your health since your last visit with the hopes of catching any warning signs early on.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should be getting the following tests and screenings regularly:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Cholesterol and other blood tests
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Oral Health
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Viral Hepatitis

Monitoring Health Risks and Managing

When it comes to determining your risk of developing health complications, there are certain factors that your doctor would keep in mind and monitor regularly. The top health risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Genetics and family history
  • Physical activity level
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol consumption

Referring You to Specialists

If your doctor does notice anything that is a cause for concern during your exam, they can refer you out to the right specialist who can help you with the next steps. With many health conditions, specialty care is necessary when it comes to proper diagnosis, treatment, and management.

Don’t delay your medical care. CCH is open, safe and ready to see you.

With almost 80 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in nearly 20 specialties, CCH is committed to your well being right here at home. If you have been putting off a visit to your doctor for a regular checkup, contact them; they can help weigh your personal healthcare risk and avoid further delayed diagnoses. Visit www.cchwyo.org/findadoc to find your provider or clinic.

For medical emergencies, call 911. If you are in crisis and need to talk to a counselor, please call 307-688-5050.